The Portable Beat Reader Setting & Symbolism

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New York Cityappears in Parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and Appendix

This is where the Beat Generation first starts with the meeting of major figures such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, and William S. Burroughs.

Columiba Universityappears in Part 1

Both Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg attend Columbia University in the early-1940s and the two meet here for the first time.

San Franciscoappears in Parts 1, 3, 5, and 6

San Francisco is the second most important city for the Beats, and in the 1950s probably the most important. The Six Gallery reading, which made Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti famous poets, occurs in San Francisco setting of the San Francisco Renaissance.

City Lights Bookstoreappears in Part 3

City Lights is founded by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. City Lights publishes Allen Ginsberg's famous poem "Howl" and is raided by the police when the poem...

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