The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems, by Allen GinsbergWhy was I so madly bent on this 'method' or truth? I ask, "Why should we read these journals? Readers with all of these goals will be satisfied by this collection. In the earliest years, we see an adolescent approaching the journal like a school assignment, recording trivial events, copying headlines, and restraining himself when he "had nothing to write about. In the final years at Columbia, we see a man dealing with drugs and petty crimes, while progressing towards a coherent aesthetics and growing in skill as a poet.
What Happened to Kerouac?
The troubled and excitable mind of the young Beat poet is given free rein in this exhaustive and often illuminating collection of his early private writing. The text serves as an evolving portrait of both a writer and a man: from the first, self-conscious high school entries to the stylistically mature entries of the early '50s, the degree of insight and the fluidity of prose multiplies exponentially.
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