Chicago and the Beat Generation | Newberry

Chicago and the Beat Generation

Thursday, February 23, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, February 23 - March 30

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Led by John Suiter

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by February 10): $200
Regular Price (after February 10): $220

Please note: The end date listed here is different than what is listed in the brochure. This listing is correct.

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Seminar Description

The writers of the Beat Generation didn’t just blow through Chicago on their way to New York or San Francisco. In fact, much of the movement’s radical, outspoken, spiritual edge was honed here in Chicago. In this class we’ll explore the Beat Generation’s profound Chicago connections in the works of icons such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, as well as lesser known writers such as Kenneth Rexroth, Herbert Huncke, Lew Welch, and Gary Snyder. Six sessions.

John Suiter is a writer-photographer living in Chicago—author of Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades. He is currently working on a biography of the Pulitzer-poet, environmentalist, and Buddhist pioneer, Gary Snyder.

Materials List


  • Kenneth Rexroth, An Autobiographical Novel. New Directions Publishing, 1991. ISBN: 978-0811211796

First Readings:

  • Please read any 50 pages between pp. 69-353 of Kenneth Rexroth’s An Autobiographical Novel for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.