Mania: The Story of the Outraged and Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution

Mania: The Story of the Outraged and Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution

By the time Lucien Carr stabbed David Kammerer to death on the banks of the Hudson River in August 1944, it was clear that the hard-partying teenage companion to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and William S. Burroughs might need to reevaluate his life. A two-year stint in a reformatory straightened out the wayward youth but did little to curb the wild ways of his friends.

Mania tells the story of this remarkable group—who strained against the conformity of postwar America, who experimented with drink, drugs, sex, jazz, and literature, and who yearned to be heard, to remake art and society in their own libertine image. What is more remarkable than the manic lives they led is that they succeeded—remaking their own generation and inspiring the ones that followed. From the breakthrough success of Kerouac's On the Road to the controversy of Ginsberg's Howl and Burroughs' Naked Lunch, the counterculture was about to go mainstream for the first time, and America would never be the same again.

Based on more than eight years' writing and research, Ronald Collins and David Skover—authors of the highly acclaimed The Trials of Lenny Bruce—bring the stories of these artists, hipsters, hustlers, and maniacs to life in a dramatic, fast-paced, and often darkly comic narrative.

Title:Mania: The Story of the Outraged and Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781938938023
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  • Laura

    As Douglas Adams didn’t say, David Eames Kammerer was just this guy, you know? He was just this guy, and Lucien Carr killed him. Lucien Carr killed him and tried to sink his dead body in the Hudson ...

  • Barry Wightman

    If you're into the Beats, you're gonna dig this book. You know who you are. It's a fast moving survey of all those crazy cats and their long-suffering chicks - Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Cassidy et...

  • Siti Aishah

    It started off just like how 'Kill Your Darlings' did. I read four lines and my heart skipped. Then I started flipping the pages and before I knew it, I was hooked.This book is the most informative Be...

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

    Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.This was a very informative book about these writers. I feel like now I can read their books and understan...

  • Edward Sullivan

    A lively, dramatic, engaging look at those wildly debauched non-conformists known as "the Beats," who somehow managed to create some great literature in the midst of all of their self-destructive expl...

  • Emmett

    What a fascinating, refreshing book. A biography and cultural account of the Beat generation and their peers, written with the pace and style of a thriller. It begins with Lucien Carr's murder of Davi...

  • Katie

    I was pleasently suprised by how this book conveyed the factual lives of the Beat writers in such an alive and suspenseful way. I had read a few books on the Beat Generation before, so much of the con...

  • William Bevill

    A very interesting and informative book, well researched, and exciting to read. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the movement and writings of authors in the late 40s/50s as well as the h...

  • Katrina McCollough

    It's been a long time coming but I finally finished this and I wish I hadn't waited so long. Great read! I've read only On the Road, and Howl but this gave me such a greater appreciation for an entire...

  • Jack

    This book offers a complete history of the "Beat Generation". It is told through the lives and acts of the Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and others. This is captivating and important book...