Howl on Trial The Battle for Free Expression

ISBN-10: 0872864790
ISBN-13: 9780872864795
Edition: 2006
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Description: To celebrate the 50th anniversary Howl and Other Poems , with nearly one million copies in print, City Lights presents the story of editing, publishing, and defending the landmark poem within a broader context of obscenity issues and censorship of  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

To celebrate the 50th anniversary Howl and Other Poems , with nearly one million copies in print, City Lights presents the story of editing, publishing, and defending the landmark poem within a broader context of obscenity issues and censorship of literary works. This collection begins with an introduction by publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who shares his memories of hearing "Howl" first read at the 6 Gallery, of his arrest, and the subsequent legal defense of Howl 's publication. Never-before-published correspondence of Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Kerouac, Gregory Corso, John Hollander, Richard Eberhart, and others provides an in-depth commentary on the poem's ethical intent and its social significance to the author and his contemporaries. A section on the public reaction to the trial includes newspaper reportage, op-ed pieces by Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, and letters to the editor from the public, which provide fascinating background material on the cultural climate of the mid-1950s. A timeline of literary censorship in the United States places this battle for free expression in a historical context. Also included are photographs, transcripts of relevant trial testimony, Judge Clayton Horn's decision and its ramifications, and a long essay by Albert Bendich, the ACLU attorney who defended Howl on Constitutional grounds. Editor Bill Morgan discusses more recent challenges to Howl in the late 1980s and how the fight against censorship continues today in new guises. Bill Morgan is the author of I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg and The Beat Generation in New York .

"Howl" at the frontiers
Allen Ginsberg's Howl : a chronology
Censorship milestones
"Howl"
The Howl letters
The trial : press response
Iron curtain on the Embarcadero
Letters to the San Francisco Chronicle
Ferlinghetti defends publication
Orwell's big brother is watching us
Trade winds
Excerpts from the trial transcript
From the decision
How Captain Hanrahan made Howl a best-seller
Ginsberg "Howls" again [Ginsberg's Letter to the San Francisco Chronicle]
Fifty years of city lights
The censorship battle continues

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