Coming Soon: Beat Transnationalism

We are proud to announce a forthcoming publication from Beatdom Books. Since 2007 we have specialized in books relating to the Beat Generation, including works such as Larry Beckett’s Beat Poetry, Eliot Katz’s The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg, and Marc Olmsted’s Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg. Our newest publication is John Tytell’s Beat Transnationalism, which will be released in May.

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Allen Ginsberg once told John Tytell that he would not understand the Beat Generation without first experiencing life in Mexico. Heeding this advice, Tytell headed south to Oaxaca while writing Naked Angels, the first book to explore the development of Beat literature.

In Beat Transnationalism, the author examines the importance of Mexico to the Beat Generation, while recounting – via letters from that period to his wife – his own experiences in Oaxaca. The primary focus is the importance of Mexico to the three best-known Beat figures – Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac. Yet this book delves further, aiming to explore transnationalism among other members of the Beat Generation and also artists of the post-Beat era. As such, it also includes essays on Bonnie Bremser, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, James Laughlin, and Patti Smith, among others.


About the Author

John Tytell is best known as the author of Naked Angels: the Lives and Literature of the Beat Generation, Ezra Pound:The Solitary Volcano and seven other works of non-fiction. His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous places including Vanity Fair, Partisan Review, Fame, The American Scholar, The Antioch Review, Artforum, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a Founding Editor of American Book Review, and has taught modern American literature at Queens College (C.U.N.Y.) since 1963. He lives with his wife Mellon, the photographer, in New York City and Vermont.


Early Praise

To the writers of the Beat Generation, Mexico has always represented the “other” world, the exotic world, the mysterious world.  When they had exhausted their enthusiasm for traveling throughout the United States, they turned south where they finally found the fellaheen lifestyle that they had been searching for.  Mexico dramatically influenced their lives and their literature.  It was for that reason that Allen Ginsberg directed John Tytell to go there to find the true source of the Beat ethos.

This wonderful book documents Tytell’s own pilgrimage following in the footsteps of Kerouac, Burroughs, and Ginsberg.  His discoveries in Mexico affect his own life and his graceful letters written to his wife at home embrace both the story of the Beats and his own voyage of discovery into the self.  What makes this book exceptional is that it gives us a look at not only the Beat experience in Mexico but also a glimpse into the development of one of the Beat Generation’s greatest scholars, John Tytell.  Having said all that, its just a damn good book and one that is a pleasure to read.
                 – BILL MORGAN, author of Best Minds of my Generation

Ordering Information

Beat Transnationalism will be published in May, 2017, by Beatdom Books. It will be available directly from the publisher, through Amazon (and also Amazon Kindle), and distributed by Ingram. For bulk ordering discounts, please contact us directly.

You may pre-order via the Paypal button below. Pre-ordering means you will get the book as soon as it is released. The cost is $22.00 and we are also offering FREE SHIPPING on all pre-orders. This is a limited time offer.



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David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult. He travels a lot and currently lectures in China. He also runs an ESL website. You can read more about and by David at his blog, or on Tumblr.

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