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The beat generation : a bibliographical teaching guide
Lawlor, William, 1951-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press ; Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, 1998.
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xv, 357 pages ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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PS228.B6 L39 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Discusses the appropriate place for the Beats in the literary canon and curriculum and provides an overview of teaching practices at schools and universities throughout the United States.

Author Notes

William Lawlor is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, he spent the 1997-1998 academic year as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Lawlor's guide consists of an annotated bibliography sandwiched between an introductory chapter on approaches to teaching Beat writers and a concluding chapter, "Topics for Investigation and Writing." The bibliography proper opens with an extensive section covering Beat literature in general, followed by separate chapters devoted to William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac. The bibliographic entries include descriptive annotations for both primary and secondary materials. The sixth chapter, "Other Beats," provides "bibliographical paragraphs" for a broadly defined group of Beat writers ranging from William Carlos Williams to Bob Dylan. Although the bibliography is well organized, it would have benefited from additional cross-references; for instance, Aaron Latham's article "The Columbia Murder That Gave Birth to the Beats" (New York Magazine, April 19, 1976) and Pat Harrison's response in a later issue are both indexed, but there is no reference from one to the other. A valuable feature of Lawlor's work, especially useful to teachers, is its coverage of audiovisual materials and electronic resources, although some of the Internet citations, as might be expected, are already out-of-date. There is an index of names and authors but no title or subject indexes, a serious omission in a work intended for students and teachers. Nevertheless, Lawlor's work is useful for its coverage of minor Beat authors and as a supplement to outdated works like Robert Milewski's Jack Kerouac: An Annotated Bibliography of Secondary Sources, 1944-1979 (CH, Sep'81). Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. W. M. Gargan; Brooklyn College, CUNY