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It is true that he has been one of the inner circle of the 'Beats' from the first, but many admirers of his poetry feel that it belongs quite as much to other and older traditions in world literature.

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Gregory Corso has been much publicized as one of the leading literary spokesmen for the 'Beat Generation, ' together with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. It is true that he has been one of the inner circle of the 'Beats' from the first, but many admirers of his poetry feel that it belongs quite as much to other and older traditions in world literature.

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Gregory Corso (1930-2001) was abandoned by his mother a month after his birth at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York. Growing up in foster care and on the streets of Little Italy, Corso was a juvenile delinquent who spent time in Clinton Correctional Facility, in the cell recently vacated by gangster "Lucky" Luciano. An aspiring poet, Corso was taken under the wing of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and became the youngest member of the Beat Generation's inner circle, with whom he lived and work in the Beat Hotel, a lodging house in Paris, during the late fifties. There he created one of his signature works, "Bomb", a poem composed of typewritten strips of paper arranged in the shape of a mushroom cloud. Late in life, Corso became reunited with his mother and maintained a close relationship with her until his death.

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Victoria Shelton, April 25, 2013 (view all comments by Victoria Shelton)
Gregory Corso is, in my opinion, the best Beat poet. I'm often disappointed that Kerouac gets all the fame because Corso simply runs circles around him. If you have an inkling of a desire to read some Beat poetry, start with Corso (be warned though! it might make everything else seem lackluster!)
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ISBN:
9780811200271
Foreword:
Smith, Patti
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Foreword:
Smith, Patti
Author:
Corso, Gregory
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19600117
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
92
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3 x 0.3 in 0.26 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Gregory Corso has been much publicized as one of the leading literary spokesmen for the 'Beat Generation, ' together with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. It is true that he has been one of the inner circle of the 'Beats' from the first, but many admirers of his poetry feel that it belongs quite as much to other and older traditions in world literature.
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