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Portable Sixties Reader, The

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This anthology contains excerpts from essays, speeches, poetry, and fiction representative of the American counterculture of the 1960s.

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From civil rights to free love, JFK to LSD, Woodstock to the Moonwalk, the Sixties was a time of change, political unrest, and radical experiments in the arts, sexuality, and personal identity. In this anthology of more than one hundred selections of essays, poetry, and fiction by some of America's most gifted writers, Ann Charters sketches the unfolding of this most turbulent decade.

The Portable Sixties Reader is organized into thematic chapters, from the Civil Rights movement to the Anti-Vietnam movement, the Free Speech movement, the Counterculture movement, drugs and the movement into Inner Space, the Beats and other fringe literary movements, the Black Arts movement, the Women's movement, and the Environmental movement. The concluding chapter, "Elegies for the Sixties," offers tributes to ten figures whose lives - and deaths - captured the spirit of the decade.


"The fabled, too often trivialized sixties are open to endless interpretation, including a definition of the decade that slides into the seventies. In putting together this fresh and enlivening literary collection, Charters, a highly respected expert on Kerouac and the counterculture who came of age during that up-for-grabs, paradigm-altering time, sticks to a literal designation, thus uncovering the subtle, all-important roots of the more flamboyant flowerings of the era's distinctive, still alluring and relevant sensibility.

Charters has also wisely chosen to organize the selected essays, poetry and fiction under thematic subjects, such as civil rights; women's rights; the sexual revolution; environmental issues; the antiwar, free-speech, and black-arts movements; and the use of drugs in pursuit of enlightenment. In combining the cultural with the political, Charters' first criterion is artistic, leading her to choose clarion works by the most significant of the decade's creative voices, including James Baldwin, Thomas Merton, Susan Sontag, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsburg, Rachel Carson, Kate Millett, Nikki Giovanni and many more, thus creating a vibrant collage of the best of a revolutionary time."     ~Booklist

Editor Charters, Ann
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 628 pp.
Publisher Penguin Putnam 2003
Series Viking Portable Library
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