John Tytell on Allen Ginsberg: Howl’s Echoes

September 12, 2010

Howl’s Echoes

(from the Chronicle of Higher Education)

By John Tytell

“Is there a great mad wave of fame crashing over our ears?,” Allen Ginsberg asked Jack Kerouac after the publication of On the Road in a letter from Amsterdam in the fall of 1957. The query was prescient, the image apt. Ginsberg would learn how to surf that wave, while Kerouac would capsize and drown, one of the early casualties of contemporary American literature. Read full story >>

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