Writing Across the Landscape

Writing Across the Landscape

Travel Journals 1960-2010

Book - 2015
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, legendary poet and best-selling author of Coney Island of the Mind, collects here his six-decade-spanning travel journals. Beginning in 1950 and dramatically traversing the latter half of the twentieth century to the present, Writing Across the Landscape positions Ferlinghetti not only as a seminal poet but also as a major and unique American voice whose heretofore personal writings are now added to the fabric of twentieth-century literary history. Illustrated throughout with facsimile manuscripts and personal sketches, the volume gives glimpses of figures like Jack Kerouac in the 50s, William Burroughs in London, Ezra Pound in Italy, and a young Fidel Castro in Cuba at the dawn of the Revolution. Readers will journey to Mexico, Morocco, Paris, and Rome, as well as to post-Stalinist Russia on a harrowing journey on the Trans-Siberian Express. Embedded with new poems and Ferlinghetti s pyrotechnic prose, Writing Across the Landscape evokes the people, places, and political movements that have shaped our time.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, ©2015
ISBN: 9781631490019
Branch Call Number: 811.54 FER 2015
Characteristics: 464 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Diano, Giada
Gleeson, Matthew


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"July 16 Reading Ginsberg's INDIAN JOURNALS for the first time in book form, after reading it in page proof, which was like reading Angkor Wat with a magnifying glass & missing the meaning....Fantastic passages, genius true....July 27 Passing over the Mississippi at 30,000 feet, I see Yevtushenko down below, making like Tom Sawyer, floating down the river, trolling for catfish. When he gets to New Orleans the Russian consul will be waiting on the deck with a basket of hushpuppies, in case he caught anything good,kind of like the commissar who took Voznesensky back to East Berlin in his black car after our poetry reading in West Berlin (after allowing him an hour---observing him from afar!---across the Wall). "

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