Wednesday March 1 – Lucien Carr



[Jack Kerouac & Lucien Carr, Columbia University Campus, 1944]


[Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg at Lucien’s wedding to Francesca “Cessa” von Hertz, January 4, 1952. Photographer unknown]


[Dane De Haan as Lucien Carr from the 2013 film Kill Your Darlings]

March the first. Today is Lucien Carr’s birthday

Central but enigmatic figure at the birth of the Beat Generation,  for “that story” we’ll send you to this New York Times piece. (altho’  we have reservations about the author’s  Kerouac hatchet-job – here)

For  earlier postings on Lucien on The Allen Ginsberg Project – see here and also here.

Will he ever be able to escape his adolescent notoriety?  (and now compounded and extended, entering the mainstream of popular culture by Dane De Haan‘s portrayal of him in the Kill Your Darlings film).


[William Burroughs, Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg. 1953 – (Photograph © The Allen Ginsberg Estate)]


[Lucien Carr at work (UPI), April 1985. Photograph:  Allen Ginsberg]

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