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Americus, Book I
Americus, Book I
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BOOK DETAILS

  • Paperback
  • Apr.01.2004
  • 9780811216418
  • New Directions

Lawrence gives an overview of the book:

Describing Americus as “part documentary, part public pillow-talk, part personal epic—a descant, a canto unsung, a banal history, a true fiction, lyric and political,” Ferlinghetti combines “universal texts, snatches of song, words or phrases, murmuring of love or hate, from Lotte Lenya to the latest soul singer, sayings and shibboleths from Yogi Berra to the National Anthem, the Gettysburg Address or the Ginsberg Address, that haunt our nocturnal imagination.” This book is a wake-up call that breaks new ground in the grand tradition of Whitman, W.C. Williams, Charles Olson, and Ezra Pound, as Ferlinghetti cruises our literary and political landscapes, past and present, to create an autobiography of American consciousness.
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Describing Americus as “part documentary, part public pillow-talk, part personal epic—a descant, a canto unsung, a banal history, a true fiction, lyric and political,” Ferlinghetti combines “universal texts, snatches of song, words or phrases, murmuring of love or hate, from Lotte Lenya to the latest soul singer, sayings and shibboleths from Yogi Berra to the National Anthem, the Gettysburg Address or the Ginsberg Address, that haunt our nocturnal imagination.” This book is a wake-up call that breaks new ground in the grand tradition of Whitman, W.C. Williams, Charles Olson, and Ezra Pound, as Ferlinghetti cruises our literary and political landscapes, past and present, to create an autobiography of American consciousness.

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About Lawrence

A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays. Often concerned with politics and social issues, Ferlinghetti’s poetry countered the...

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Published Reviews

Dec.13.2007

Close upon the twentieth anniversary of the student uprisings in Paris comes the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s novel about a May-September romance set against those few months of profound upheaval. Annie, an...

Dec.13.2007

[Ferlinghetti] tackles more material than ever in this first volume of verse since How to Paint Sunlight (2001). Twelve untitled sections ... seek, and in part arrive at, an inclusive history of...