10 Books of Beat Generation Letters

14 Jul

The other day I wrote about viewing Neal Cassady’s infamous “lost” Joan Anderson letter at Christie’s Auction House.. Letters are a great way to get to know and understand the writers of the Beat Generation. The novelists and poets were prodigious letter writers. Here are ten books of collected letters by the poets and writers of the Beat Generation.

1.

CassadyLetters

 Neal Cassady: Collected Letters, 1944-1967

2.

KerouacLetters

Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1940-1956

3.

Carolyn

Jack Kerouac’s Dear Carolyn: Letters to Carolyn Cassady

4.

KerouacGinsberg

Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

5.

YageLetters

William S. Burroughs’ and Allen Ginsberg’s The Yage Letters Redux

6.

GinsbergSnyder

The Selected Letter of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder

7.

GinsbergDad

Allen Ginsberg and his father’s Family Business: Selected Letters between a Father and Son

8.

HettieJonesLoveH

Love, H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones

9.

DistantNeighbors

Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder

10.

CorsoBiography

An Accident Autobiography: The Selected Letters of Gregory Corso

5 Responses to “10 Books of Beat Generation Letters”

  1. Jnana Hodson July 14, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    Enough to make us envious these days, when friendships and collegiality like theirs are all too rare. Still, they serve us as beacons.

    • Stephanie Nikolopoulos August 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

      Exactly! Now, we must go out and create our own friendships, sharing our works and our souls.

  2. Jay Haeske July 18, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    Some brilliant reading matter, that’s for sure.

  3. Joyce Johnson September 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    OOPS! YOU LEFT OFF “DOOR WIDE OPEN” BY JOYCE JOHNSON. HOW COME?
    Joyce Johnson

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