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  Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919) is a poet who is best known as the co-owner of the City Lights Bookstore and publishing house, which published early literary works of the Beat Generation, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
Ferlinghetti was born of an Italian-Portuguese-Sephardic immigrant family in Yonkers, New York.
Ferlinghetti's poetry often reflects his views about politics and social issues of the time, and he challenges the current thoughts about an artist's role in the world.
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 Lawrence Ferlinghetti   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
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 TheCriticalPoet - Featured Poet - Lawrence Ferlinghetti   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is one of the most notable writers of the Beat movement in poetry, along with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs and Gregory Corso.
Ferlinghetti is still active as a poet and as the proprietor of City Lights, the bookstore and publishing company he founded with Peter Martin.
Ferlinghetti was declared innocent, a landmark victory for free speech.
thecriticalpoet.tripod.com /ferlinghetti.html   (584 words)

  
 Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ferlinghetti is a political activist and his poetical career spans and reflects thirty years of U.S. political history.
The work of Ferlinghetti can be placed in the specific social context of the beat movement in the fifties-- beats were the anarchists in a time of general post-war conformism.
Ferlinghetti can certainly be compared with his fellow beats, like Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, and contrasted with other poets of the time--for instance, the more mannered Wallace Stevens.
www.georgetown.edu /bassr/heath/syllabuild/iguide/ferlingh.html   (351 words)

  
 Literary Encyclopedia: Lawrence Ferlinghetti   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers, New York, in March 1919.
Ferlinghetti returned to the United States and, after an unsuccessful stay in New York, which he said was just too tough and avaricious for him, he went to San Francisco early in 1951.
Ferlinghetti believes that style is a feeling for the weight and arrangement of words on a page.
www.literaryencyclopedia.com /php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1506   (716 words)

  
 The Academy of American Poets - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti recalls the first public reading of "Howl." By Paul Lorio, San Francisco Chronicle, October 28, 2000.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919.
Ferlinghetti is also the author more than eight plays and of the novels Love in the Days of Rage (1988) and Her (1966).
www.poets.org /poet.php/prmPID/367   (347 words)

  
 Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Free Music Downloads, Videos, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers, NY, on March 24, 1919.
After an arrest for petty theft, Ferlinghetti was given a copy of a Baudelaire poetry collection, fully igniting his love for the form and steering him away from delinquency.
Over the years, Ferlinghetti -- with his relatively plain-spoken verse -- became one of the key figures of the Beat Generation and his character is entrenched in Beat lore.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/music/artist/bio/0,,429914,00.html   (443 words)

  
 Online NewsHour: San Francisco Poet -- December 27, 2002
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI: "Toward ten in the morning the slow bell tolls in the towers of Peter and Paul, and the old men who are still alive sit sunning themselves in a row on the wood benches in the park."
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI: The last year of the war, I was a navigator on a big troop transport, and we started out to go to Japan as the invasion force.
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI: The judge ruled that you couldn't judge a work obscene if it had the "slightest redeeming social significance." That was the key phrase, which held up.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec02/ferlinghetti_12-27.html   (1290 words)

  
 Ferlinghetti
Through City Lights, Lawrence Ferlinghetti was also responsible for the publication of many other great writers and poets.
Ferlinghetti's efforts did much to popularize and spread the work of poets who were routinely rejected by the established publishing houses.
Ferlinghetti's second book, A Coney Island of the Mind was published in 1958 and soon became almost as popular as Howl, and nearly as controversial.
www.fb10.uni-bremen.de /anglistik/kerkhoff/beatgeneration/Ferlinghetti.htm   (613 words)

  
 The Beat Page - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Recognized as one of the most influential and important poets of the Beat movement, Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers, New York on March 24, 1919.
Shortly after his birth, Ferlinghetti's mother was committed to an asylum for the insane and the young boy was sent to France to be raised by a female relative.
Ferlinghetti remains one of the most notable writers from those times and his writings are still widely read and appreciated today.
www.rooknet.com /beatpage/writers/ferlinghetti.html   (502 words)

  
 Ernest Beyl - "Lawrence Ferlinghetti Interview fragments" in Lit Pot
Ferlinghetti is widely recognized as one of this country's greatest living poets.
Ferlinghetti reaches back into a cubby hole of the roll-top desk at which he is sitting and brings out what appears to be a greeting card.
What makes Ferlinghetti a great poet is not only his work, but his unshakable belief in the importance of the poetic voice and his confidence that poetry is capable of transforming the world.
www.literarypotpourri.com /003_09/es_01.html   (1248 words)

  
 Blossom Steinberg Kirschenbaum
Ferlinghetti, who had been in the United States Navy during World War II and remained preoccupied with ideals for which that war was fought, understood profoundly the postwar struggles—profoundly and evenly, while others found excuses to be irresponsible or self-destructive.
Ferlinghetti did not wait for a fellowship from the American Academy such as had been awarded for instance to John Ciardi for 1956-57; he and his friends negotiated, rather, an alternative diplomacy.
He is, says Ferlinghetti, “the bearer of eros, the defender of the subjective, the enemy of the state.” He has been saying so explicitly since 1984; and his reference is not just to the capitalist or the communist state but to any great state.
academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu /modlang/carasi/via/ViaVol3_1Kirschenbaum.htm   (5359 words)

  
 Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's father died before he was born, and in his infancy his mother was committed to an insane asylum.
After that, young Lawrence was shipped to France to live with his aunt and uncle, and returned to America at the age of five, speaking much better French than English.
Ferlinghetti and friends had written prose and poetry rejected by the major publishers of their time, so he published affordable paperback editions of his own and his friends' works.
www.nndb.com /people/387/000104075   (254 words)

  
 LitKicks: Lawrence Ferlinghetti   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ferlinghetti published Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' as Pocket Poets Number Four, and was tried on obscenity charges for this.
Ferlinghetti's own poems are simple and speak plainly, and they remain popular with a wide range of readers.
Ferlinghetti was one of the more politically-minded of the Beats, and has been continually active on behalf of liberal causes.
www.litkicks.com /BeatPages/page.jsp?what=LawrenceFerlinghetti   (677 words)

  
 CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE 50TH ANNIVERSARY / Lawrence Ferlinghetti: A portrait in words / The long dream of survival
Lawrence does not like to be identified as one of the Beats -- he wasn't quite -- but he certainly was an appreciator.
Lawrence in one way has paid dues on the fact that he was a practical and usefully bright businessman.
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI: Someone who saw the set of banners that said "Dissent Is Not Un-American" came busting in and said very hostilely, "So you love Saddam Hussein, I suppose?" I said, "Well, that's not what the banners are saying." He didn't bother to read the banners very well.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/06/11/DD156677.DTL&type=printable   (5173 words)

  
 Lawrence Ferlinghetti : Coney Island of the Mind - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
Ferlinghetti similarly varies his voice for each short poem.
Ferlinghetti's signature piece is also a perfect example of the beat literature.
Where Ginsberg is an evangelist, a visionary for his cause, Ferlinghetti effortlessly and without drama summons up his observations.
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 Poetry: Lawrence Ferlinghetti   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin opened the City Lights bookstore in 1955, and since then it has been an independent publisher of cutting-edge literature.
The Ferlinghetti page provides a lengthy biography of the poet, a photo gallery, a history of the City Lights bookstore, and the text of selected Ferlinghetti poems.
Ferlinghetti received great praise from many readers and some critics for his attempts to incorporate American vernacular speech and the rhythms of modern jazz into his writings, while he was roundly attacked by defenders of the status quo.
www.bedfordstmartins.com /LITLINKS/poetry/ferlinghetti.htm   (453 words)

  
 Larry Keenan - photographs of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, and David Amram, 1996
Gregory Corso and Lawrence Ferlinghetti are posing in front of my "Last Gathering" mural at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Rebels: Painters and Poets of 1950's exhibition.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is posing and not posing in front of his mural at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Rebels: Painters and Poets of 1950's exhibition.
The photograph behind him is of Ferlinghetti doing one of the first jazz and poetry performances in the 50s.
www.emptymirrorbooks.com /keenan/m1996-1.html   (149 words)

  
 Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers in 1919, son of Carlo Ferlinghetti who was from the province of Brescia and Clemence Albertine Mendes-Monsanto.
Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind continues to be the most popular poetry book in the U.S. It has been translated into nine languages, and there are nearly 1,000,000 copies in print.
In less than a year, Lawrence Ferlinghetti won a lifetime achievement award from the Author's Guild, received the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and celebrated the 50th anniversary of his renowned City Lights Bookstore.
www.poetrycenter.org /involved/news/lawrenceferlinghetti.htm   (1105 words)

  
 City Lights
As a poet, Lawrence was inducted into the poetic pantheon after the publication in 1958 of A Coney Island of the Mind, one of this century's best-selling books of poetry and a work which helped establish Lawrence as one of America's pre-eminent poets.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a big name not only in North Beach, not only in the entire San Francisco community of poets, but he's also a rising star in poetry international.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti started out by wanting to be a newspaperman, an ambition which, interestingly enough, at one time was shared by Kerouac and Ginsberg.
www.bigmagic.com /pages/blackj/column27.html   (9052 words)

  
 reVerse > artists > lawrence ferlinghetti > an intersection of poets, songwriters, spoken word and music
Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers in 1919.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind was the most popular poetry book in the United States.
Ferlinghetti is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has just published a new book-length epic poem, Americus (Book One), New Directions.
www.reverse1.com /artists/ferlinghetti.php   (175 words)

  
 CWF - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is among the major literary figures of the second half of the 20th Century.
Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919.
Ferlinghetti was named San Francisco’s Poet Laureate in August 1998, and he used his post as a bully-pulpit from which he articulated the “voice of the people.” His San Francisco Chronicle columns, “Poetry as News” could be read on the City Lights Web site: www.citylights.com.
www.creativeworkfund.org /pages/bios/lawrence_ferlinghetti.html   (2139 words)

  
 CNN - Almanac -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti - March 24, 1998
Ferlinghetti came to San Francisco in 1953 and literally set up shop on the corner of Columbus Avenue along with Peter D. Martin.
A vibrant writer himself, Ferlinghetti's most notable works are "Pictures of the Gone World" and a volume of verse, "A Coney Island of the Mind".
Ferlinghetti still lives in San Francisco and can be found in City Lights Books most mornings.
www.cnn.com /books/news/9803/24/almanac.ferlinghetti   (381 words)

  
 Metroactive Books | 'Rhyme, Rhythm and Song'
Mover and shaker: Beat-poetry luminary Lawrence Ferlinghetti will make a Sept. 9 appearance at a Petaluma fundraiser to stump for a pair of local literary events.
That Ferlinghetti fought, and won, a famous court battle to keep Howl from the paper-shredding claws of the government censors who labeled it pornographic casts a superhero glow onto his already immortal image.
His relationship to Ginsberg is almost enough to blind one's eyes to the fact that Lawrence Ferlinghetti, savior of the Beat poets, is a damn fine poet himself.
www.metroactive.com /papers/sonoma/09.06.01/ferlinghetti-0136.html   (639 words)

  
 The Poetry Center of Chicago
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is author of A Coney Island of the Mind, one of the most widely read books of contemporary poetry, with 1,000,000 copies in print.
Though imbued with the commonplace, his poetry cannot be simply described as polemic or personal protest, for it stands on his craftsmanship, thematics and grounding in tradition.
Ferlinghetti published Allen Ginsberg's Howl, for which he was tried on obscenity charges.
poetrycenter.org /reading/broadsides/ferlinghetti.html   (2223 words)

  
 American Civil Liberties Union : Lawrence Ferlinghetti Discusses the Publication of "Howl:" ACLU Banned Books Week 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ferlinghetti wrote at the time, "It is not the poet but what he observes which is revealed as obscene.
Born in 1919 in New York, Ferlinghetti earned a doctoral degree in poetry at the Sorbonne in Paris and served in the U.S. military.
Ferlinghetti was named San Francisco's first Poet Laureate in 1998.
www.aclu.org /FreeSpeech/FreeSpeech.cfm?ID=9458&c=83   (394 words)

  
 Lawrence Ferlinghetti - bio and links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Born in New York, Lawrence Ferlinghetti earned a doctoral degree in poetry at the Sorbonne in Paris with a dissertation entitled 'The City as Symbol in Modern Poetry: In Search of a Metropolitan Tradition'.
Ferlinghetti's own poems are simple and speak plainly, and they remain tremendously popular with a wide range of readers.
In the early 60's Ferlinghetti owned a rustic cabin in Big Sur that became the focal point of Jack Kerouac's 1962 novel 'Big Sur.' Ferlinghetti appears in the book as the sensible Lorenzo Monsanto, who urges the drunken celebrity author based on Kerouac to go on a nature retreat to stop drinking, with terrible results.
www.beatmuseum.org /ferlinghetti/lawrenceferlinghetti.html   (492 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Americus Book I: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A multi-page verse-essay on the art of poetry argues that "A poem should still be an insurgent knock on the door of the unknown." Later sections knock on the doors of various moments in modern Western historyâ€"the Wright brothers, the Kennedy assassination, German Expressionism, the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Both world wars come in for extended treatment: "No end to the sweet births of consciousness to the bitter deaths of it in vain." Ferlinghetti's exuberant, loquacious catalogues and collages try to rival previous encyclopedic and historical poems, from Eliot, Pound and Olson (all of whom he cites repeatedly) to Neruda and Paulin.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti lights out for the territories with Book I of his own born-in-the-U.S.A. epic, Americus.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0811216411   (451 words)

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