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    SAN FRANCISCO — Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet, publisher, bookseller and activist who helped launch the Beat movement in the 1950s and embodied its curious and rebellious spirit well into the 21st century, has died at age 101.  Ferlinghetti, a San Francisco institution, died Monday at his home, his son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti said. A month shy of his 102nd birthday, Ferlinghetti died “in his own room,” holding the hands of his son and his son’s girlfriend, “as he took his last breath.” The cause of death was lung disease. Ferlinghetti had received the first dose of the COVID vaccine last week, his son said Tuesday. Few poets of the past 60 years were so well known, or so influential. His books sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, a fantasy for virtually any of his peers, and he ran one of the world’s most famous and distinctive bookstores, City Lights. Although...
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the innovative bookseller and publisher of Ginsberg and Kerouac, one of the best friends free speech ever had, and the man who wrote that most anomalous thing—a poetry bestseller: A Coney Island of the Mind—died today at the age of 101. “If amendments had addresses, the address of the First Amendment would be right here at City Lights Books,” said historian Kevin Starr, standing outside Ferlinghetti’s legendary San Francisco bookstore at its 50th Anniversary in 2003 (City Lights was also the name of the poet’s equally celebrated publishing company). “You will never see the First Amendment so fully and so happily ensconced as it is here. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, congratulations. Literature, Culture, the First Amendment is better because of you.” A brave bookseller, an innovative publisher, and an author who introduced several generations of readers to the idea that reading poetry could be more fun than work, Lawrence Ferlinghetti...
    The American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, owner of the San Francisco (California, USA) bookstore where the Beat generation is believed to have been forged in the 1950s, he died on Monday at 101 years old, the family reported Tuesday. In addition to creating his own poetic work, Ferlinghetti co-founded the City Lights bookstore in 1953 (City lights) in North Beach, the Italian neighborhood of San Francisco, a place that continues to operate today and has become a tourist attraction in the city. Shortly after being founded, City Lights became a meeting place for bohemian artists, including several of those who made up the so-called Beat generation, such as Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso Y Michael McClure, with whom Ferlinghetti formed a strong friendship. “The best poetry in the lyric itself. Our poet and hero, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, passed away on Monday night. We love you, Lawrence,” published the Twitter account of the...
    (Reuters) - As proprietor of the landmark City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a Beat Generation poet, a publisher and a free-speech advocate. Following are quotes from Ferlinghetti, who died on Monday at the age of 101. "I keep telling people I wasn't a member of the original Beat Generation. I was sort of the guy tending the store." - Los Angeles Times interview in 2005 "In Plato's Republic, poets were considered subversive, a danger to the republic. I kind of relish that role. So I see my present role as a gadfly, to use as a soapbox to promote my various ideas and obsessions." - Upon being named San Francisco's poet laureate in 1998 "The Jack Kerouac school of disembodied poetics is 'first thought, best thought,' where you write down the first thing that comes to mind, to get close to the essential being of yourself....
    By Bill Trott (Reuters) - Poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, whose City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco became a West Coast literary haven for Beat Generation writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, has died at the age of 101, City Lights said on Tuesday. Ferlinghetti, who played a key role in a free-speech battle after he published Ginsberg's poem "Howl" in 1956, passed away on Monday evening, said City Lights Books on Twitter, adding "We love you, Lawrence." When Ferlinghetti turned 100 on March 24, 2019, San Francisco officials declared it Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day. City Lights threw a party, although the honoree did not attend due to failing eyesight and trouble in getting around. The publishing house Doubleday released Ferlinghetti's "Little Boy," an experimental novel with autobiographical touches told in a stream-of-consciousness style, in conjunction with his 100th birthday. The Beat Generation first percolated in New York in the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Noted Beat movement poet and the founder of San Francisco’s City Lights Booksellers and Publishers Lawrence Ferlinghetti has died at age 101, according to the book store’s website. City Lights Books confirmed that Ferlinghetti had passed on Monday evening with a post to its Twitter account and to the City Lights Books Tumblr page. READ MORE: Tiger Woods Seriously Injured In Southern California Car Crash "The greatest poem is lyric life itself." Our poet and hero, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, passed away on Monday, February 22nd, in the evening. We love you, Lawrence. ????https://t.co/h5QuVgbo4c pic.twitter.com/zJtxmIxVWz — City Lights Books (@CityLightsBooks) February 23, 2021 City Lights was founded by Ferlinghetti, a prominent member of the Beat movement, in 1953. The North Beach store is synonymous with the Beat Generation and published Allen Ginsberg’s famous and controversial poem “Howl.” The poem led to a 1957 obscenity trial...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who helped launch and perpetuate the Beat movement, has died. He was 101. Ferlinghetti died at his San Francisco home Monday, his son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti told The Associated Press Tuesday. Ferlinghetti was known for his City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, an essential meeting place for the Beats and other bohemians in the 1950s and beyond. Its publishing arm released books by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and many others. The most famous release was Ginsberg’s anthemic poem, “Howl." It led to a 1957 obscenity trial that broke new ground for freedom of expression. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, entertainment, California
    Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, entertainment, California
    Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who helped launch and perpetuate the Beat movement, has died. He was 101. Ferlinghetti died at his San Francisco home Monday, his son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti told The Associated Press Tuesday. Ferlinghetti was known for his City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, an essential meeting place for the Beats and other bohemians in the 1950s and beyond. Its publishing arm released books by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and many others. The most famous release was Ginsberg’s anthemic poem, “Howl.” It led to a 1957 obscenity trial that broke new ground for freedom of expression.
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who helped launch and perpetuate the Beat movement, has died. He was 101. Ferlinghetti died at his San Francisco home Monday, his son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti told The Associated Press Tuesday. Ferlinghetti was known for his City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, an essential meeting place for the Beats and other bohemians in the 1950s and beyond. Its publishing arm released books by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and many others. The most famous release was Ginsberg’s anthemic poem, “Howl.” It led to a 1957 obscenity trial that broke new ground for freedom of expression. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Son says legendary poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who helped launch the Beat movement, has died at 101. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an American poet, artist and founder of the famed City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco, has died Monday, the store confirmed in a statement.Ferlinghetti was 101 years old."'The greatest poem is lyric life itself.' Our poet and hero, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, passed away on Monday, February 22nd, in the evening," City Lights tweeted on Tuesday. "We love you, Lawrence." "The greatest poem is lyric life itself."Our poet and hero, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, passed away on Monday, February 22nd, in the evening. We love you, Lawrence. ????https://t.co/h5QuVgbo4c pic.twitter.com/zJtxmIxVWz— City Lights Books (@CityLightsBooks) February 23, 2021
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the San Francisco poet, publisher and bookseller who played a leading role in West Coast literary history as a champion of Beat writer Allen Ginsberg and co-founder of the legendary City Lights bookstore, has died at his Bay Area home. Ferlinghetti died Monday evening, according to Starr Sutherland, a friend who is working on a documentary on the fabled bookstore. The cause was interstitial lung disease, his son Lorenzo told the Washington Post. Ferlinghetti was 101. Ferlinghetti and a partner launched City Lights as the country’s first all-paperback bookstore in 1953, when Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and other East Coast Beats began adding their woolly voices to the literary renaissance unfolding in San Francisco. The bookshop — renowned for its bohemian atmosphere and vast collections of international poetry, fiction, progressive political journals and magazines— soon spawned a literary press, which in 1956 published Ginsberg’s controversial epic poem, “Howl.”...
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