John Tytell on Allen Ginsberg – Howl’s Echoes

“Howl’s Echoes – Beat scholar, John Tytell, writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education)

“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.

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