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The Portable Sixties Reader

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Publisher Comments:

From civil rights to free love, JFK to LSD, Woodstock to the Moonwalk, the Sixties was a time of change, political unrest, and radical experiments in the arts, sexuality, and personal identity. In this anthology of more than one hundred selections of essays, poetry, and fiction by some of Americas most gifted writers, Ann Charters sketches the unfolding of this most turbulent decade.

The Portable Sixties Reader is organized into thematic chapters, from the Civil Rights movement to the Anti-Vietnam movement, the Free Speech movement, the Counterculture movement, drugs and the movement into Inner Space, the Beats and other fringe literary movements, the Black Arts movement, the Womens movement, and the Environmental movement. The concluding chapter, “Elegies for the Sixties,” offers tributes to ten figures whose lives—and deaths—captured the spirit of the decade.

Contributors include:

Edward Abbey, Sherman Alexie, James Baldwin, Richard Brautigan, Lenny Bruce, Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Jim Carroll, Rachel Carson, Carlos Castenada, Bob Dylan, Betty Friedan, Nikki Giovanni, Michael Herr, Abbie Hoffman, Robert Hunter, Ken Kesey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Timothy Leary, Denise Levertov, Norman Mailer, Malcolm X, Country Joe McDonald, Kate Millet, Tim OBrien, Sylvia Plath, Susan Sontag, Gloria Steinem, Hunter S. Thompson, Calvin Trillin, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty and more.

Review:

"Kerouac biographer and veteran anthologist Charters successfully conveys the atmosphere of the 1960s for those who lived through it, and those who did not....A 25-page chronology of the decade will prove useful for those born after 1960, as well as offering forgotten tidbits for middle-aged and elderly readers." Kirkus Reviews

Book News Annotation:

Compiled by a lifelong scholar of the Beat generation, this anthology contains excerpts from essays, speeches, poetry, and fiction representative of the American counterculture of the 1960s. Included are the words of Allen Ginsberg on conducting a demonstration, Gloria Steinem on unlearning sexism, and Malcolm X on fighting for voting rights. The volume concludes with a selection of ten elegies, including Archibald MacLeish's "Hemingway" and a poem for Janis Joplin by Marilyn Hacker. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 607-614).

Synopsis:

From civil rights to free love, JFK to LSD, Woodstock to the Moonwalk, the Sixties was a time of change, political unrest, and radical experiments in the arts, sexuality, and personal identity. In this anthology of more than one hundred selections of essays, poetry, and fiction by some of America's most gifted writers, Ann Charters sketches the unfolding of this most turbulent decade.

The Portable Sixties Reader is organized into thematic chapters, from the Civil Rights movement to the Anti-Vietnam movement, the Free Speech movement, the Counterculture movement, drugs and the movement into Inner Space, the Beats and other fringe literary movements, the Black Arts movement, the Women's movement, and the Environmental movement. The concluding chapter, "Elegies for the Sixties," offers tributes to ten figures whose lives-and deaths-captured the spirit of the decade.

Edited with an introduction by Ann Charters

About the Author

Ann Charters has had a forty-year involvement in reading, collecting, and writing about the literature of the Counterculture. She edited The Portable Beat Reader, The Portable Jack Kerouac, two volumes of Kerouac's Selected Letters and Beat Down to Your Soul.

Table of Contents

Dangerous road before Martin Luther King / James Baldwin — Letter from a Birmingham jail / Martin Luther King, Jr. — from Rosa Parks : my story / Rosa Parks — March / Calvin Trillin — Ballot or the bullet / Malcolm X — Civil Rights Movement : what good was it? / Alice Walker — from The armies of the night : a confrontation by the river / Norman Mailer — from Dispatches / Michael Herr — from Born on the fourth of July / Ron Kovic — Demonstration or spectacle as example, as communication--or how to make a march/spectacle / Allen Ginsberg — from Hell's Angels : The dope cabala and a wall of fire / Hunter Thompson — Smoking dope with Thomas Pynchon : a sixties memoir / Andrew Gordon — Che's last letter / Abbie Hoffman — Coming of the purple better one / William S. Burroughs — Yeats in the gas / Edward Sanders — from Ringolevio / Emmett Grogan — Letters to Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlovsky, 1961-1962 / Lawrence Ferlinghetti — My poem / Nikki Giovanni — from The feminine mystique / Betty Friedan — New egalitarian life style / Gloria Steinem — from Silent spring / Rachel Carson.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142001943
Editor:
Charters, Ann
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Charters, Ann
Author:
Various
Author:
Charters, Ann
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Nineteen sixties
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American literature -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
107-582
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
7.72x5.07x1.21 in. .97 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 672 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142001943 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Kerouac biographer and veteran anthologist Charters successfully conveys the atmosphere of the 1960s for those who lived through it, and those who did not....A 25-page chronology of the decade will prove useful for those born after 1960, as well as offering forgotten tidbits for middle-aged and elderly readers."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 607-614).
"Synopsis" by , From civil rights to free love, JFK to LSD, Woodstock to the Moonwalk, the Sixties was a time of change, political unrest, and radical experiments in the arts, sexuality, and personal identity. In this anthology of more than one hundred selections of essays, poetry, and fiction by some of America's most gifted writers, Ann Charters sketches the unfolding of this most turbulent decade.

The Portable Sixties Reader is organized into thematic chapters, from the Civil Rights movement to the Anti-Vietnam movement, the Free Speech movement, the Counterculture movement, drugs and the movement into Inner Space, the Beats and other fringe literary movements, the Black Arts movement, the Women's movement, and the Environmental movement. The concluding chapter, "Elegies for the Sixties," offers tributes to ten figures whose lives-and deaths-captured the spirit of the decade.

Edited with an introduction by Ann Charters

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