Author Stephenson, Gregory
Title The Daybreak Boys : Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation
Imprint Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 1990
©1990
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Note Cover -- Book Title -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Circular Journey: Jack Kerouac's Duluoz Legend -- 3. Allen Ginsberg's "Howl"" A Reading -- 4. The Gnostic Vision of William S. Burroughs -- 5. "The Arcadian Map": Notes on the Poetry of Gregory Corso -- 6. Homeward from Nowhere: Notes on the Novels of John Clellon Holmes -- 7. From the Substrate: Notes on the Work of Michael McClure -- 8. Toward Organized Innocence: Richard Farina's Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me -- 9. The "Spiritual Optics" of Lawrence Ferlinghetti -- 10. Friendly and Flowing Savage: The Literary Legend of Neal Cassady -- 11. Conclusion -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index -- Back Cover
In these critical essays Gregory Stephenson takes the reader on a journey through the literature of the Beat Generation: a journey encompassing that common ethos of Beat literature- the passage from darkness to light, from fragmented being toward wholeness, from Beat to Beatific.  He travels through Jack Kerouac' s Duluoz Legend, following Kerouac' s quests for identity, community, and spiritual knowledge. He examines Allen Ginsberg' s use of transcendence in " Howl," discovers the Gnostic vision in William S. Burroughs' s fiction, and studies the mythic, visionary power of Lawrence Ferlinghetti' s poetry. Stephenson also provides detailed examinations of the writing of lesser-known Beat authors: John Clellon Holmes, Gregory Corso, Richard Fariñ a, and Michael McClure. He explores the myth and the mystery of the literary legend of Neal Cassady. The book concludes with a look at the common traits of the Beat writers- their use of primitivism, shamanism, myth and magic, spontaneity, and improvisation, all of which led them to a new idiom of consciousness and to the expansion of the parameters of American literature
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Link Print version: Stephenson, Gregory The Daybreak Boys : Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press,c1990 9780809315642
Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.;Beat generation
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