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Biography of Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919 - Present)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919) is a poet who is best known as the co-owner of the City Lights Bookstore and publishing house, which published early literary works of the Beat Generation, including Jack Kerouac, Kenneth Rexroth and Allen Ginsberg.

Ferlinghetti was born of an Italian-Portuguese-Sephardic immigrant family in Yonkers, New York, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then served in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he got a master's degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from the Sorbonne. While studying in Paris, he met Kenneth Rexroth, who later persuaded him to go to San Francisco to experience the growing literary scene there. Between 1951 and 1953 he taught French, wrote literary criticism, and painted.

In 1953, Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin started a bookshop, which they named City Lights after a film magazine Martin had started. Two years later, after Martin had left for New York, Ferlinghetti started the publishing house, specialising in poetry. The most famous publication was Howl, the poem by Allen Ginsberg, which was initially impounded by the authorities, and subject of a groundbreaking legal case.

Ferlinghetti's best-known collection of poetry is A Coney Island of the Mind, which has been translated into nine languages. In 1998 he was named Poet Laureate of San Francisco. In addition to writing and publishing poetry and running the bookstore, Ferlinghetti continues to paint, and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums.


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11 Poems written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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22239 Constantly Risking Absurdity Comments and analysis of Constantly Risking Absurdity by Lawrence Ferlinghetti 6 Comments
14132 Wild Dreams Of A New Beginning Comments and analysis of Wild Dreams Of A New Beginning by Lawrence Ferlinghetti 3 Comments
10052 Number 8 Comments and analysis of Number 8 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti 36 Comments
7852 Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace
7437 The Pennycandystore Beyond The El Comments and analysis of The Pennycandystore Beyond The El by Lawrence Ferlinghetti 2 Comments
6531 Number 20
5814 Seascape With Sun And Eagle
5297 Dove Sta Amore
5241 The Plough Of Time
347 Bird With Two Right Wings Comments and analysis of Bird With Two Right Wings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti 5 Comments
341 A Vast Confusion Comments and analysis of A Vast Confusion by Lawrence Ferlinghetti 56 Comments


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