Lawrence Ferlinghetti

1919 (New York) –

Rexroth met him whilst he was studying at the Sorbonne, and persuaded him to go to San Francisco. He published ‘Howl’ and other work of Ginsberg’s, work by Corso (who broke into Ferlinghetti’s bookshop ‘City Lights’ and raided the cashbox), Levertov, di Prima, Kerouac (who fictionalised him in ‘Big Sur’), O’Hara (after flying cross-country to search his pockets for some of the poems), and others. He met Thomas (as well as Trocchi) in Paris and drank with him in San Francisco. He and Coppola hosted a pasta-and-meatballs feast for their neighbourhood.