Note: This page used to contain hyperlinks to these books at and others from a list of Beat writers that used to populate this column. In the wake of teaming up with, the links became misdirected and obsolete.

Still unsure if I want to link to an online store anymore, the hyperlinks have been removed, and it's uncertain if new ones will be implemented.

- Ken Rumsey


Top 10 Beat Books

Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village
Hardcover, 275 Pages
Macmillan Library Reference, September 1996
Author: Fred W. McDarrah / Gloria S. McDarrah

Portable Beat Reader
608 Pages
Viking Penguin, November 1992
Editor: Ann Charters

On the Road
310 Pages
Viking Penguin, October 1991
Author: Jack Kerouac

Howl & Other Poems
57 Pages
City Lights Books, January 1956
Author: Allen Ginsberg

Coney Island of the Mind
94 Pages
New Directions Publishing Corporation, May 1958
Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Naked Lunch
288 Pages
Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated, February 1992
Author: William S. Burroughs

Huge Dreams
184 Pages
Viking Penguin, April 1999
Author: Michael McClure

No Nature: New & Selected Poems
416 Pages
Pantheon Books, September 1993
Author: Gary Snyder

Selected Poems
160 Pages
New Directions Publishing, September 1984
Author: Kenneth Rexroth

158 Pages
Buccaneer Books, Inc. January 1994
Author: William S. Burroughs