Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet and bookseller whose San Francisco store City Light Books was the nexus of the Beat movement in the 1950s and ’60s, died Monday at age 101.
Ferlinghetti died at his San Francisco home of lung cancer, his son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti told the Associated Press.
He became famous as the publisher of Beat Generation figures like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and famously stood trial on obscenity charges for publishing Ginsberg’s anti-establishment poem “Howl.”
“The greatest poem is lyric life itself.”
Our poet and hero, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, passed away on Monday, February 22nd, in the evening.
— City Lights Books (@CityLightsBooks) February 23, 2021
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