The Daybreak Boys: Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation
- Publish Date: 2009-06-25
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Gregory Stephenson
In these critical essays Gregory Stephenson takes the reader on a journey through the literature of the Beat Generation: a journey encompassing that common ethos of Beat literaturethe passage from darkness to light, from fragmented being toward wholeness, from Beat to Beatific. He travels through Jack Kerouacs Duluoz Legend, following Kerouacs quests for identity, community, and spiritual knowledge. He examines Allen Ginsbergs use of transcendence in Howl, discovers the Gnostic vision in William S. Burroughss fiction, and studies the mythic, visionary power of Lawrence Ferlinghettis poetry. Stephenson also provides detailed examinations of the writing of lesser-known Beat authors: John Clellon Holmes, Gregory Corso, Richard Faria, and Michael McClure. He explores the myth and the mystery of the literary legend of Neal Cassady. The book concludes with a look at the common traits of the Beat writerstheir use of primitivism, shamanism, myth and magic, spontaneity, and improvisation, all of which led them to a new idiom of consciousness and to the expansion of the parameters of American literature.