Featuring the legendary and groundbreaking poem â€śHowl,â€ť this remarkable volume showcases a selection of Allen Ginsbergâ€™s poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews and contains sixteen pages of his personal photographs.One of the Beat Generationâ€™s most renowned poets and writers, Allen Ginsberg became internationally famous not only for his published works but for his actions as a human rights activist who championed the sexual revolution, human rights, gay liberation, Buddhism and eastern religion, and the confrontation of societal normsâ€”all before it became fashionable to do so. He was also the dynamic leader of war protesters, artists, Flower Power hippies, musicians, punks, and political radicals.The Essential Ginsbergcollects a mosaic of materials that displays the full range of Ginsbergâ€™s mental landscape. His most important poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews are displayed in chronological order. His poetic masterpieces, â€śHowlâ€ť and â€śKaddish,â€ť are presented here along with lesser-known and difficult to find songs and prose. Personal correspondence with William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac is included as well as photographsâ€”shot and captioned by Ginsberg himselfâ€”of his friends and fellow rogues William Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and more.Through his essays, journals, interviews, and letters, this definitive volume will inspire readers to delve deeper into a body of work that remains one of the most impressive literary canons in American history.