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Paradise outlaws : remembering the Beats
Tytell, John.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W. Morrow, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 226 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 27 cm
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PS228.B6 T93 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
PS228.B6 T93 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In 1997, America lost two of its leading literary lights just months apart: Allen Ginsberg & William S. Burroughs. Their passing was clearly the end of an age. In the wake of this generational shift, original Beat scholar John Tytell, along with noted photographer Mellon, offers a highly personal collection of intelligent essays & stunning photos that illuminate the phenomena that came to be known as the Beat Generation. Part literary criticism, part memoir, part photo collection, Paradise Outlaws is a book as unconventional as its subject. John Tytell, who was the first scholar to take the Beats seriously in his groundbreaking Naked Angels, offers an authoritative identification of the political & cultural contexts of the Beats & their major works. Forty-five photographs, works of art in themselves, offer candid portraits of not just a few writers but also the musicians, painters, filmmakers, scene makers, activists, & playwrights who helped shape America's avant-garde since the Beats exploded onto the scene in 1956--people like Ginsberg & Burroughs, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Hunter S. Thompson, Judith Malina, Patti Smith, Abbie Hoffman, & more. Each photograph is accompanied by a pithy & anecdotal caption. Accessible yet scholarly, Paradise Outlaws offers new insights into the ever-expanding rubric of "Beat," resulting in an informative, entertaining, & absorbing photo album of the last American literary movement.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Tytell, author most recently of The Living Theater (1995), taught literature at Queens College for several decades and was one of the first critics to recognize the significance of the Beat vision and style. His passion led to camaraderie with the movement's key figures, granting Tytell the inside knowledge that shapes the essays collected in this engagingly casual yet knowledgeable and insightful volume. Tytell swings from critical literary assessments and social commentary to biographical profiles, which are accompanied by candid photographs taken by Mellon, a well-published photographer who just so happens to be married to the author. This may sound cloying, but instead the union of the personal with the journalistic and scholarly strikes just the right tone for analyses of Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Herbert Huncke (the "incarnate underground man"), Ken Kesey, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, and Robert Frank. And Tytell's tracing of the evolution of critical and popular response to the Beats, from disdain to appreciation, reflects their profound influence. --Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

Tytell's Naked Angels (LJ 4/15/76) remains the best introduction to Beat writers and their work. His latest effort, a unique blend of critical analysis and personal reminiscence, evaluates the Beat Generation's place in American literature, stressing the movement's celebration of the individual and its distrust of established authority. A perceptive critic, Tytell is especially good at documenting the Beat Generation's influence on contemporary popular culture. Some 45 photographs taken by Mellon, Tytell's wife, enhance the text. Each photo is accompanied by a page or two of commentary. An essay on Tytell's experience teaching the Beats rounds out the volume. This engaging look at the Beat Generation will be of most interest to readers already familiar with the works of William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac. Highly recommended.ÄWilliam Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.