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Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti Narrator: Peter Coyote Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2019 ISBN: 9781984847294
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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 Two (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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Little Boy may start off sounding like a conventional memoir, but before long, Ferlinghetti reclaims his beat soul, quickens the pace, dropping punctuation like a used-up booster rocket, and off we go on the last wild, motor-mouth, book-length riff of this poet’s generation. All finger-popping readers will be gleefully swept up in this hip word-flood, this spontaneous stream—no, make that torrent of consciousness. Bravo, maestro! Billy Collins  
  • “Wonderfully effusive [and] stunningly evocative… This book is a Proustian celebration of both memory and moments that will delight readers.
    Publishers Weekly 
  • Ferlinghetti has given us a uniquely revelatory book. At first his narrative was what I'd hoped it would be, and then his words turned, like lively flashing fish, into what he wanted it to be, so he could leisurely reel me in, ever so surely, to his sublime conclusion. Little Boy evoked my surprise and delight -- thank you, Lawrence!
    —Ann Charters, editor of The Portable Beat Reader and Kerouac: A Biography  
  • "Publisher-poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s next book, due out less than a week before his 100th birthday, has been dubbed a 'closing statement' on an almost impossibly fecund life, and an energetic take on what the near future might hold in store for the rest of us... He was and continues to be a reticent cultural gatekeeper, an unassuming curator. Lit Hub, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019
  • One hundred years of Lawrence’s life dance and shimmer in breathtaking sentences that shine with the light of this great writer’s gorgeous imagination. Little Boy is a treasure. Diane di Prima, author of Memoirs of a Beatnik
  • Yet the idea of a Beat poet rhapsodizing, eulogizing or—God help us—memorizing his life as a Beat would be a defeat difficult to recover from. Don’t worry. There’s plenty of indignation, wry observation, and inevitable prognostication as Ferlinghetti looks back on his near-century on the planet to remind us to—among other matters—stop griping and play the hand we’re dealt. The Millions, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019
  • It’s called fiction, but this interweave of autobiography and history, lightning-flash language and wisdom of the ages by Ferlinghetti—Beat poet extraordinaire, author of the million-copy-selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, and owner of the bookstore City Lights, whose publication of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl caused First Amendment upheaval—is beyond easy definition. Published in time for Ferlinghetti’s one-hundredth birthday and sold by Ferlinghetti’s longtime agent, ninety-eight-year-old Sterling Lord. Library Journal 

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About the Author

LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI was born in Bronxville, New York in 1919. Founder of the famed City Lights Books and the author of numerous works of poetry, his A Coney Island of the Mind (New Directions, 1958), is one of the bestselling poetry books of all time. He lives in San Francisco.