Jim Morrison’s Bookshelf

“Let’s just say I was testing the bounds of reality. I was curious to see what would happen. That’s all it was: just curiosity.” —Jim Morrison, Los Angeles, 1969A Portrait of the Artist…

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Henry Miller

[1891 - 1980] Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York Higher Education: 2 months at New York City College (according to one biographer, Miller became "disillusioned after an encounter with Spenser’s Faerie Queene") On Education: "[G]oing to…

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Literary Insults

Elizabeth Bishop on J. D. Salinger: "I HATED the Salinger story (The Catcher in the Rye). It took me days to go through it, gingerly, a page at a time,…

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Charles Bukowski: Poet Laureate of Skid Row

Birthday: August 16, 1920 Birthplace: Andernach, Germany Real Name: Henry Charles Bukowski Parents: Henry Charles and Katharina [Fett] Bukowski Description of Father: "[A] cruel shiny bastard with bad breath . . ." Education: Attended Los Angeles…

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Jack Kerouac: Safe in Heaven Drunk

Date of Birth: March 12, 1922 Place of Birth: Lowell, Massachusetts Actual Name: Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac Nicknames: Ti-Jean (Little Jean), Memory Babe Family: Leo & Gabrielle Kerouac, parents; Gerard, brother (died at age of…

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William S. Burroughs: Secret Agent in Hell

[1914-1997] Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri Family: Mortimer & Laura Lee Burroughs, parents; Mortimer Burroughs Jr., brother; William S. Burroughs Sr., grandfather (inventor of the adding machine) Nicknames: William Lee, El Hombre Invisible, Cosmonaut…

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