Poet and author Lawrence Ferlinghetti, pictured above in 1960, was born on March 24, 1919. AP
Lawrence Ferlinghetti has died in San Francisco. He was 101. Ferlinghetti is probably best known for three things: his Beat poetry, his San Francisco bookstore and small press, and his defense of the First Amendment in a famous court case.
His most famous work is a 1958 collection of poetry called A Coney Island of the Mind. In it, he compares the horrors depicted in Francisco Goya’s paintings of the Napoleonic wars to scenes of post-World War II America.
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat Poet And Small-Press Publisher, Dies At 101 : NPR
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