Allen Ginsburg’s legendary and groundbreaking epic poem, Howl, is now a graphic novel—a tie-in to the major motion picture starring James Franco. Featuring graphics by acclaimed New Yorker cover artist Eric Drooker, Howl is a magnificent visual interpretation of a classic work by a seminal Beat writer and contemporary of Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
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About the Author
Allen Ginsberg was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as a winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1926, and died in New York City in 1997.
Eric Drooker is a painter and graphic novelist, born and raised on Manhattan Island. He's the award-winning author of Flood! A Novel in Pictures and Blood Song: A Silent Ballad. For many years Drooker was a street artist, well known for his provocative posters plastered on city lampposts and walls. His paintings now appear on covers of The New Yorker and hang in numerous collections. He collaborated with Allen Ginsberg on the book Illuminated Poems and later designed the animation for the movie Howl. In 2006, the Library of Congress acquired his original art for Flood! A Novel in Pictures, including preliminary drawings, sketches, and cover paintings.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've seen Howl adapted a couple of times now. I have read the original poem, listened to the Hydrogen Jukebox audio version (composed by Phillip Glass, and now read this graphic novel (apparently there is a movie with James Franco too). It is more like an illuminated manuscript; the text is preserved and illustrations have been added. I enjoyed Drooker's urban nightmare illustrations; they fit the text well in a kind of hallucinogenic computer animation way, and provide signposts in a text which is sometimes hard to follow. This effect is also achieved by breaking up the text into manageable (and illuminable) chunks. I like it that Ginsberg has collaborated with other artists to re-imagine his work, and that he found Drooker's work fascinating before their collaboration; Ginsberg used to tear down and collect Drooker's street posters. Howl is a powerful and angry poem and I found it more approachable thanks to the illustrations. I'm sure this graphic novel will help to introduce the work to a new generation.** It appears that other LibraryThing reviewers have ended on this note too (I always write my review before reading others'). I'm happy to be in agreement with them. Howl does begin with, "I have seen the best minds of my generation..."
Erik Drooker does an excellent job illustrating Allen Ginsberg's Howl. Reproducing the poem in lush, full color illustrations over 217 pages takes the poem to a new level. I was able to slow down and read small sections, as designed, and digest each verse. The illustrations add to the context of the poem and help set the mood with the art. The blending of great art and poetry makes for a new level of understanding of Howl and its important impact on society, and as Ginsberg hoped, makes the accessible and relevant to a whole new generation of readers.