Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, publisher and political economist, who inspired San Francisco artists and writers of City Lights, his famous bookstore, died Monday at his home in San Francisco. He was 101.
The cause was interstitial lung disease, his daughter, Julie Sasser, said.
The spiritual godfather of the Beat movement, Mr. Ferlinghetti, referred to his house as the light booksellers and publishers he has ever known. A self-described “literary meeting place” founded in 1953 and located on the city’s border, sometimes nestled on the north coast, City Lights soon as the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman’s Waff Became a part of the San Francisco scene. . (The city’s Board of Supervisors designated it a landmark in 2001.)
While old and not a practitioner of his free style personal style, Mr. Ferlinghetti has published and honored several prominent beat poets, including Alan Ginsburg, Gregory Corso and Michael McClure. His connection to his work was exemplary – and with the publication of Ginsberg’s most famous poem, The Rebuilded and Revolutionary, in 1956 “how are you,” He was later arrested on charges of “knowingly writing” and “indecent writing”.
In an important First Amendment decision, Mr. Ferlingetti was acquitted, and “Howell” became one of the most famous poems of the 20th century. (The test was the focal point of the 2010 film “Howell”, in which James Franco played Ginsberg and Andrew Rogers played Mr. Ferlingetti.)
In addition to being the champion of Beats, Mr. Ferlinghetti himself was a prolific writer of broad talents and interests, whose work blended simple definition, autism, sharp humor and social consciousness.
“Every great poem fulfills a longing and puts life back together,” he wrote “Non-lecture” After being awarded the Frost Medal of the Poetry Society of America in 2003, a poem, he said, “must create ecstasy somewhere between speech and song.”
Critics and fellow poets never agreed on whether Mr. Ferlinghetti should be considered a beat poet. He himself did not think so.
“In some ways, what I really did was store,” he said Told The Guardian in 2006. “When I came to San Francisco in 1951, I was wearing a bariket. If anything I was the last of the Bohemians rather than the first of the Beats. “
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Richard Severo, Peter Keeps and Alex trub Contributed to reporting.