In this highly entertaining work, Bill Morgan,a leading authority on the movement and a man who personally knew most of the Beats, narrates the history of these writers as primarily a social group of friends, tracing their origins together during the World War II years to the full blossoming of their notoriety in the late 1950s to their profound influence on the social upheaval of the 1960s. Indeed, it is impossible to comprehend the sixties without first grasping the importance of the social ripples set in motion by the Beats a decade earlier. This is a sweeping, indispensable story about the discontented free spirits of the Beat Movement. We watch their peripatetic lives, their sexual misadventures, their ambivalent response to fame. We are reminded above all that while their personal lives may have not have been holy, their typewriters and their lasting words very much were.


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""The Typewriter is Holy" is a wonderful romp, a totally engrossing history of the Beat generation, and those wildly colorful figures who brought about a seismic change in our culture. It makes sense of the intersecting lives of Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, William Burroughs and others whose great adventures gave birth to the upheavals of the Sixties. No one alive knows these people as well as Bill Morgan does, and the result is a fascinating chronicle."

--Dinitia Smith, author of "The Illusionist" and "Remember This"

General Fields

  • : 9781416592426
  • : SIM
  • : SIM
  • : 0.549
  • : September 2010
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 29mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : BB
  • : 810.90054
  • : 256