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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers in 1919. Following his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he saw service in the U.S. Navy, was training in Chicago when Pearl Harbor was bombed, took part in the Normandy Invasion, and arrived in Nagasaki just weeks after the Bomb was dropped.

In 1953 he founded City Lights Bookstore with Peter D. Martin. His publication of Allen Ginsberg's Howl in 1956 led to his arrest on obscenity charges. He was acquitted, and this landmark First Amendment case was the first of the Beat Movement to establish a legal precedent.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind was the most popular poetry book in the United States. Today there are nearly one million copies in print.

Ferlinghetti is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has just published a new book-length epic poem, Americus (Book One), New Directions.

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