American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Opening the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco in 1953, Lawrence Ferlinghetti created a gathering place and publishing house for Beat poets. It printed Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems in 1956, followed by the writings of Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, and William S. Burroughs. Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind is among the most popular contemporary American poetry books in the U.S.

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