Books by Bill Morgan

Bill Morgan is a painter and archival consultant. He is the author of The Beat Generation in New York: A Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac’s City, The Beat Generation in San Francisco: A Literary Tour, and edited Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays of Allen Gins

Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Each letter is a window that permits a fresh view of a most complex and revolutionary writer."
A continuation of the selected letters of the unique writer in the same format as editor Olivia Harris' The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1945-1959 (1993). Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 2010

It seems fitting, somehow, that the correspondence of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, literary rebels and scourges of convention, should begin with a prison postmark.

The two got to know each other in 1944, and their first letter, Ginsberg to Kerouac, came in mid-August of that year, when Kerouac was cooling his heels in the Bronx County Jail for his small part in a sordid murder. Read full book review >

YOU’LL BE OKAY by Edie Kerouac-Parker
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"For Kerouac scholars, who will find news here and there. General readers will do better to stick to On the Road ."
Affectionate if unrevealing portrait of the Beat Generation icon. Read full book review >
HOWL ON TRIAL by Bill Morgan
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A volume that will appeal to all who cherish their right to read uncensored the outpourings of the human heart."
A fascinating assortment of material—newspaper articles, transcripts, photographs, letters from the principals, commentary—on the 1957 obscenity trial in San Francisco that pitted the "people" against City Lights, the bookshop that published and sold Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"A superb, highly readable addition to the history of 20th-century American letters."
Allen Ginsberg, gay beatnik/hippie antinomian poet nomad—and American hero? Read full book review >
Released: April 28, 2003

"Much food for thought here, all best taken with a grain (or two) of salt. Only Corso could willfully utter, "The poet and his poems are a whole," knowing well that one could be sensitive, the other cruel, one responsible, the other destructive."
A zinging, furious output of epistles from the young Corso—most date from 1958 to 1965—to his friends and publishers, assembled by Morgan, archivist of Allen Ginsberg's papers. Read full book review >
Released: March 2, 2000

A comprehensive, well-organized collection of uneven prose by the late Beat Poet (Journals Mid-Fifties, 1995; Death and Fame, 1999). Read full book review >