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Memoirs of a Beatnik [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Diane DiPrima
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1. August 1998
Long regarded as an underground classic for its gritty and unabashedly erotic portrayal of the Beat years, Memoirs of a Beatnik is a moving account of a powerful woman artist coming of age sensually and intellectually in a movement dominated by a small confederacy of men, many of whom she lived with and loved. Filled with anecdotes about her adventures in New York City, Diane di Prima's memoir shows her learning to "raise her rebellion into art," and making her way toward literary success. Memoirs of a Beatnik offers a fascinating narrative about the courage and triumphs of the imagination.

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  • Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books (1. August 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140235396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140235395
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,4 x 13 x 19,7 cm
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"What do you suppose happened to all those Beatniks?" mused a blonde freshman as she drove me back to San Francisco after my reading at Berkeley last year. Well, Sweetie, some of us sold out and became hippies. And some of us managed to preserve our integrity by accepting government grants, or writing pornographic novels...Things now are more like pretty. A New Age, with a bit of the baby fat still showing. Stay stoned. Diane di Prima, May 1969. A sexy, witty Beat novel from one of the movement's most accomplished writers. Long regarded as an underground classic for its gritty and unabashedly erotic portrayal of bohemian New York in the 1950s, Memoirs of a Beatnik is a moving account of a young artist coming of age sensually and intellectually. Written as fiction, the book grew out of di Prima's own experience as a bold and independent woman who dropped out of college at the age of eighteen in order to write. It evokes the heady world of cafes and jazz clubs, poets and artists, out of which the Beat movement emerged, and offers a fascinating narrative about the courage and triumphs of the imagination, written by a young woman who raised her rebellion into art. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Diane di Prima is the author of thirty-four books of poetry and prose, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Born in New York City in the 1930s, she currently lives in San Francisco, where she works as a writer and teacher. Her most recent books include Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems and Loba, Books I and II.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen beatnik, not beat 18. Mai 2000
Von phigirl
a recent article on diane diprima in the chicago tribune (4/19/2000) called di prima's "memoirs of a beatnik" - "a sort of insider's Beat exploitation book Di Prima wrote in 1968 for Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press in Paris because she needed money badly--and quickly." It goes on to state that "It is mostly accurate, [di prima] said, except for the sex parts."
with that said, i doubt the book aspires to make any type of high-brow feminist or literary statement. the fact that is does make any such statement can be attributed to the time in which it was written. it is basically an account of a young woman venturing out on her own in times when young women did not do such things. young women lived at home, maybe went away to college, met a nice suitable young man, and got married. maybe had a job as a typist in the meantime. sex was not something young women from nice families experimented with.
this is not to say the book does not have its merits. it is artfully written, intelligent, and poetic. it's a great look at the obstacles women faced when they decided to do their own thing, especially when that differed from society's norms. it's a peek inside the counterculture that was growing larger and larger thanks to a certain jack kerouac. all of this raises the book above being just plain old erotica. as a fan of beat writing and culture, i enjoyed the book very much.
of course, the drawback to this book is that someone reading this book without knowledge of the context in which it was published will come away from it with a view of the beats that is as cartoonish and two-dimensional as the rest of society's view was of them at the time. "oh wow, look, the beats were always having sex.
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I picked this book up because of my interest in the Beats, feminist literature, and the American immigrant experience. I was disappointed on all three counts. First, the only thing Beat about it is the era depicted, though I think it is far more about 1969, the year of its publication, than the '50s. Secondly, writing explicitly about sex does not make a writer a feminist just because she also happens to be female. It merely makes her a female pornographer. Thirdly, what little is mentioned of di Prima's heritage seems somehow pathetic and ashamed. Too bad. I doubt I will go on to read other di Prima work, but I suppose there must be something there in order for her to have been so highly regarded. This book is a waste of time and money. How was it picked up by such a major publisher as Penguin? Could it be that important an artifact of the '60s? It offers us nothing of the Beat Generation, and is an embarrassment to it.
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Compelled to write after reading the other reviews-- I read this book when it was first published and found the sex (and feminism) secondary. This book read like a biography of most white women who chose to leave home and live on the Lower East Side in the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even 1990s. What blew me away was the quality of the prose and the parallels with the lives of women (usually White, Italian, or Jewish) I knew who moved there in the 1970s or 80s to recreate themselves. Side by side are Diane di Prima, Madonna di Ciccione (yes The Madonna), and countless women who have had 15 minutes or less of fame in the contemporary media. This book SINGS with the struggles and pain that many women put themselves through to break the yoke of suburbia. Read it and judge for yourself. Unfortunately, it is a tribute to how history repeats itself.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Literary Name Dropping & Sex, sex, sex! 29. Januar 1998
Von Ein Kunde
This is basically erotica, but with a beat generation edge. If you want to peer into a sexual encounter with Jack Kerouac or Allen Ginsberg this is for you, but you'd probably be better off reading Off the Road by Carolyn Cassidy. What I loved about this book was the theme of emerging femanism and sexual freedom. DiPrima did a great job giving a sex book a plot and a literary feel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Should we shy away from the physical passion? 7. November 1999
There is a paucity of well written accounts of ferociously developing sexuality. Would that I had such awareness when I entered the physical realm! This is not a non-fiction account of a literary group, but rather a slice of sensual life in an era now known as "beat." Any one book by an author should not be expected to stand alone as representational of a writer's life/work, and we should enjoy this volume for what it is, or what our imaginations can make of it. Read di Prima's poetry, her prose, immerse yourself in her word, before you judge. We don't have to like every book to know it's literary worth.
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