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Lucien Carr is rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same breath as the more famous poets and authors of the Beat Generation such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, or William Burroughs. The Beats were known for views and work that was considered very radical in the 1940s, 1950s, and into the 1960s. For some, this work was shocking, for others it was freeing and inspired a new g Lucien Carr is rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same breath as the more famous poets and authors of the Beat Generation such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, or William Burroughs. The Beats were known for views and work that was considered very radical in the 1940s, 1950s, and into the 1960s. For some, this work was shocking, for others it was freeing and inspired a new generation of writers. It all began with Carr. His conversations with Ginsberg about the “New Vision” and his rejection of traditional morality drew the Beats together and set the course for literary history. However, Carr’s shocking murder of David Kammerer in 1944 altered his own life’s course and left him searching for anonymity rather than the spotlight that would shine on the Beat Generation.


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Lucien Carr is rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same breath as the more famous poets and authors of the Beat Generation such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, or William Burroughs. The Beats were known for views and work that was considered very radical in the 1940s, 1950s, and into the 1960s. For some, this work was shocking, for others it was freeing and inspired a new g Lucien Carr is rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same breath as the more famous poets and authors of the Beat Generation such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, or William Burroughs. The Beats were known for views and work that was considered very radical in the 1940s, 1950s, and into the 1960s. For some, this work was shocking, for others it was freeing and inspired a new generation of writers. It all began with Carr. His conversations with Ginsberg about the “New Vision” and his rejection of traditional morality drew the Beats together and set the course for literary history. However, Carr’s shocking murder of David Kammerer in 1944 altered his own life’s course and left him searching for anonymity rather than the spotlight that would shine on the Beat Generation.

51 review for The Beat Killer: A Biography of Beat Writer Lucien Carr and Riverside Park Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Despite a few spelling and editing errors, this short bio of Lucien Carr is pretty interesting. First heard about Lucien in the movie "Kill your Darling" and it was fascinating comparing this work with the "based on true events" movie. Highly suggest both this book (only available as an ebook) and the movie "Kill your Darlings". Despite a few spelling and editing errors, this short bio of Lucien Carr is pretty interesting. First heard about Lucien in the movie "Kill your Darling" and it was fascinating comparing this work with the "based on true events" movie. Highly suggest both this book (only available as an ebook) and the movie "Kill your Darlings".

  2. 5 out of 5

    bethany

    Great because there isn’t much books like this dedicated strictly to Lucien Carr’s life, but it definitely needed to be edited slightly better.

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