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By Ronald K.L. Collins, David M. Skover

By the point Lucien Carr stabbed David Kammerer to dying at the banks of the Hudson River in August 1944, it was once transparent that the hard-partying teenage better half to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and William S. Burroughs may wish to reevaluate his existence. A two-year stint in a penal complex straightened out the wayward early life yet did little to diminish the wild methods of his friends.

MANIA tells the tale of this awesome group--who strained opposed to the conformity of postwar the United States, who experimented with drink, medicines, intercourse, jazz, and literature, and who yearned to be heard, to remake paintings and society of their personal libertine snapshot. what's extra striking than the manic lives they led is they succeeded--remaking their very own new release and encouraging those that undefined. From the step forward luck of Kerouac's On the Road to the debate of Ginsberg's Howl and Burroughs' Naked Lunch, the counterculture was once approximately to head mainstream for the 1st time, and the United States may by no means be an analogous again.

Based on greater than 8 years' writing and learn, Ronald Collins and David Skover--authors of the hugely acclaimed The Trials of Lenny Bruce--bring the tales of those artists, hipsters, hustlers, and maniacs to existence in a dramatic, fast paced, and sometimes darkly comedian narrative.

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