EN454 - Beat Generation Literature

gin-clasThis page contains links to multifaceted webs devoted to Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and other major figures of the Beat Generation.

  • Yahoo Page of Beat Generation Authors - A page of links to background, pictures, and texts of Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs, and others.
  • The Beat Page - A good collection of links by Kenneth Rumsey, including information and photo galleries
  • The Beat Generation Archives - Articles by and about Beat Generation writers and artists.
  • Literary Kicks - A personal web by New York writer Levi Asher full of information about every major figure of the Beat Generation (link here directly if you don't want to go through the Yahoo Page).
  • CBA Beat Roster - The bizarrely named Cosmic Baseball Association 1995 Beat Generation Roster looks at first like a joke--Kerouac managing veterans like Ginsberg and Huncke, along with rookies like Kurt Cobain--but the links offer serious information and lots of it.
  • American Museum of Beat Art - A museum devoted to Beat artists and contemporary artists that they have influenced.
  • The Beat Movement on Film - Movies about the Beat Generation or influenced by them, with an annotated screening list by Ray Carney.
  • Language of the Land - "Using maps and photographs from the collections of the Library of Congress (LOC), this exhibition documents the connections between America's geography and its literature. The exhibit was inspired by LOC's collection of literary maps, and it begins with several of these accompanied by quotations, such as Gertrude Stein's observation, 'In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.' The remainder of the exhibition consists of four regional sections, Northeast, South, Midwest (featuring an opening quote from Jack Kerouac and a drawing that looks like Laura from Little House on the Prairie), and West." (Description by Martha Hopkins and Michael Buscher for The Scout Report)

Bibliographies and Humanities Databases

  • Sherri's Beat Bibliography
  • Citing Electronic Sources - A collection of links to websites with guidelines for citing material from the World Wide Web, CD-ROMs and other electronic sources.  The emphasis is on MLA format, but there is information for APA, Chicago, and Turabian, as well.