The Beats: A Graphic History - Harvey Pekar

The Beats: A Graphic History (Hill & Wang, $14.95) is a richly artistic take on a generation that all but stands for American art and culture of the 1950s and ‘60s. Harvey Pekar’s writing is succinct and as fast paced as the lives of the Beats themselves. In the first half, covering Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, the panels jump from failed relationships to drug use to literary achievements and inspirations, with pauses for Kerouac’s affair with a beautiful black woman in Panama, the story behind Ginsberg’s bald spot, and Burroughs’s opinion of Scientology. These striking tableaux of Beat history are followed by glimpses of the second generation of artists and writers; the stories of Philip Lamantia, Amiri Baraka, Diane di Prima, and others, are told and drawn by a talented roster of comic artists.

The Beats: A Graphic History By Harvey Pekar, Paul Buhle (Editor), Ed Piskor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Harvey Pekar, Paul Buhle (Editor), Ed Piskor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780809016495
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Published: Hill and Wang - April 13th, 2010