In the period after World War II, new voices emerged in the United States challenging the status quo, McCarthyism, and consumer society. Writers were one of the most prominent sources of expression, particularly the Beat poets of the era. Some credit poets Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, both featured in this exhibit, with bringing the Beat movement to public awareness through the publication by Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Press of Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.”
This exhibit introduces a selection of these writers through portraits and representative volumes of their work. Many of the books are available in UCLA Library collections, while the portraits were taken by fine arts photographer Christopher Felver, whose photos are held by UCLA Library Special Collections.
"Beat 101" accompanies "I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Poets in Post-WWII L.A.," on view in the Charles E. Young Research Library Special Collections. Both exhibits are on view through June 14.
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