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Little Boy

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Little Boy

From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million-copy-selling collection A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND, his literary last will and testament --- part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat-inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magical.

In this unapologetically unclassifiable work, Lawrence Ferlinghetti lets loose an exhilarating rush of language to craft what might be termed a closing statement about his highly significant and productive 99 years on this planet. The "Little Boy" of the title is Ferlinghetti himself as a child, shuffled from his overburdened mother to his French aunt to foster childhood with a rich Bronxville family. Service in World War II (including the D-Day landing), graduate work and a scholar gypsy's vagabond life in Paris followed. These biographical reminiscences are interweaved with Allen Ginsberg-esque high energy bursts of raw emotion, rumination, reflection, reminiscence and prognostication on what we may face as a species on Planet Earth in the future.

LITTLE BOY is a magical font of literary lore with allusions galore, a final repository of hard-earned and durable wisdom, a compositional high wire act without a net (or all that much punctuation) and just a gas and an inspiration to read.

Little Boy
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

  • Publication Date: March 19, 2019
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • ISBN-10: 0385544782
  • ISBN-13: 9780385544788