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Description - Poet be Like God by Lewis Ellingham

Jack Spicer, unlike his contemporaries Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Gary Snyder, was a poet who disdained publishing and relished his role as a social outcast. He died in 1965 virtually unrecognized, yet in the following years his work and thought have attracted and intrigued an international audience. Now this comprehensive biography gives a pivotal poet his due. Based on interviews with scores of Spicer's contemporaries, Poet Be Like God details the most intimate aspects of Spicer's life - his family, his friends, his lover - illuminating not only the man but also many of his poems. The resultant narrative of the San Francisco Renaissance and the emergence of the North Beach gay scene during the 50s and 60s will be indispensable reading for students of American literature and gay studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780819553089
ISBN-10: 0819553085
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 461
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 31-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lewis Ellingham

LEWIS ELLINGHAM is a freelance editor and writer and author of The Jefferson Airplane (1972). Writer KEVIN KILLIAM's recent books are Little Men (1997), Arctic Summer (1997), and Argento Series (1997). Both live in San Francisco.