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Allen Ginsberg: Cosmopolitan Comic

Paul McDonald




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Allen Ginsberg is one of the best-known voices in the history of modern poetry. Coming to global attention with the groundbreaking collection Howl and Other Poems in 1956, he went on to produce a hugely influential body of work spanning the remaining decades of the twentieth century. A founder member of the Beat Generation, he became the public face of the American counterculture, and an outspoken champion of alternative lifestyles and progressive politics. Indeed, Ginsberg’s status as a cultural icon has tended to eclipse his poetry to some extent. Allen Ginsberg: Cosmopolitan Comic returns us to his words, re-examining his work from a contemporary perspective, and offering a concise, stimulating, and accessible introduction. It reveals an exuberant, lyrical, and profoundly spiritual poet whose humour and wisdom remain strikingly relevant to our times.


About the author:

Dr Paul McDonald was Course Leader for Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Wolverhampton. He is a novelist, poet and critic. His primary interest is humour, and he takes a perverse pleasure in the fact that Googling ‘the oldest joke in the world’ throws up several hundred pages with his name on.


88  pages

ISBN: 978-1-910996-39-3

Greenwich Exchange Category: Literature

Series: None



Other books by Paul McDonald published by Greenwich Exchange:

Storytelling: Narratology for Critics and Creative Writers

Philip Roth

The Enigmas of Confinement: A History and Poetics of Flash Fiction

Lydia Davis: A Study