Howl: Original Draft Facsimile

Howl: Original Draft Facsimile

Published in 1956 as the title poem of Allen Ginsberg's first collection, "Howl" is a prophetic masterpiece that overcame censorship trails to become one of the most widely read poems of the century. The annotated Howl is the poet's own re-creation of the long process of composition of a revolutionary poem that broke new ground in America poetry through its expansive poetic form, tonal range, and freshness of spirit.

Title:Howl: Original Draft Facsimile
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780060926113
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About Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was the son of Louis and Naomi Ginsberg, two Jewish members of the New York literary counter-culture of the 1920s. Ginsberg was raised among several progressive political perspectives. A supporter of the Communist party, Ginsberg's mother was a nudist whose mental health was a concern throughout the poet's childhood. According to biographer Barry Miles, "Naomi's illness gave A


    Howl: Original Draft Facsimile Reviews

  • Melissa Arguello

    I love this poem-it changed so much for me, it showed me the possibilities of writing. what it could be. ITs about a friend of Ginsbergs, who was put in a mental institution, and Ginsberg is writng ab...

  • mwpm

    Don't read the edition of Howl illustrated by Eric Drooker. Drooker may have collaborated with Ginsberg on Illuminated Poems, but he's also responsible for the unspeakably bad animated sequences in ...

  • Liz

    "Howl: Original Draft Facsimile" is a different text than "Howl and Other Poems". They should not be combined as the same book. They are two different poems with the same name. The Original Draft has ...

  • Margaret

    Just because it's a classic doesn't mean I have to like it....

  • Miguel Vega

    Really enjoyed this edition, the essays towards the end were interesting, my favorite being the one about electroshock therapy....

  • David L

    Annotated is best. Learning from the annotations itself could take weeks. But if you've ever woke up half naked next to a railroad track in Athens, OH, or to a billy club knocking you off a bench in H...

  • Lisa

    came upon this during a break from reading/writing at the library. borrowed the film but didn't watch it. know too little of the beat generation and the censorship fervor this poem created. his words ...

  • Michael

    He went through more than 20 drafts of 'Howl'.Wow. That's amazing, right?I understand it though. And allowing a look at the drafts (similar to Ariel by Sylvia Plath)... man.So I'm not really reviewing...

  • Kevin Warman

    Absurd. Definitely absurd and defiant. Interesting to read, but one is left with many questions after finishing. ...

  • Dan Gorman

    The definitive edition of an epochal poem. The annotated drafts give readers and scholars insight into Ginsberg's writing process (surprisingly non-spontaneous and exacting, for an artist who valued s...