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  1. Lawrence Ferlinghetti

  2. Who is Lawrence Ferlinghetti? Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a well known American poet. Ferlinghetti is the author of more than thirty books of poetry. He was born in the in Yonkers, New York on March 24th, 1919 after world war 1. As you see his name isn't English or French, its Italian. Ferlinghetti’s dad was born in Brescia, Italy. His father immigrated to the US in 1892 meaning that his son, Lawrence is a US citizen and half Italian. Fun Fact to remember: Lawrence did not know his full name for much of his childhood. He used Ferling until 1942. In 1942 he found out his full name was Ferlinghetti. He found out because he had to provide a birth certificate to join the US Navy.

  3. Ferlinghetti’sParents Dad: His father, Carlo Ferlinghetti, was born on March 14, 1872. He immigrated to the United States in 1892. However Carlo Ferlinghetti died six months after Lawrence was born. Mom: His mother, Lyons Albertine Mendes-Monsanto was of French, Portuguese Sephardic Jewish heritage. After Lawrence’s birth and after the death of her husband( Carlo Ferlinghetti) she was committed to an insane asylum. Ferlinghettis Father

  4. History After losing both of his parents shortly after his birth, he was raised by his French aunt Emily and his mother’s uncle from the Virgin Islands. Then Emily, his aunt, brought him to France where he lived his first five years. After his return to the US, he was place in a orphanage in Chappaqua during the time his aunt looked for a job. She found employment as a French governess for the daughter of Presley Eugene Bisland. Then Mr Ferlinghetti was left in care of the Bislands.

  5. History Due to all the traveling, he went through a lot of schools and ended up going to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Where he earned a B.A. in journalism in 1941. That started off his career in writing!

  6. History After North Carolina, Ferlinghetti joined the Navy, where he visited Nagasaki, the site of the world’s second atomic bomb. This experience changed his life and turned him into a dedicated pacifist. After the Navy, he continued his studies earning a Masters degree at the University of Columbia in English Literature in 1947, and earning his Doctorate degree at the University of Paris in 1951.

  7. History After all of his education was finished he decided to move to San Francisco where he met his future wife, Selden Kirby-Smith in 1951. The marriage lasted until 1976 and they had two children together, Julie and Lorenzo.

  8. What does hedo for living? Lawrence Ferlighetti is a well known poet, this is an example of one of his poems, Number 8. He's written over 30 books. Mr Ferlighetti is also a painter. However, he is most known for his poetry and his bookstore called City Lights. The shop City Lights started with Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin (a owner of City Lights magazine). After they met they decided to open City Lights.

  9. How does he write? A reason why many people love Ferlinghetti’s poems is because his writing is so diverse. He writes about a variety of things ranging from love, to religion, to politics. He sometimes writes very short, straightforward poetry. Other times he writes longer, more deep poems that require a lot of thought to understand.

  10. Beat literature Ferlinghetti is one of the critical figures of the Beat Generation of writers. He had important associations with the Beat writers, who made City Lights Bookstore their headquarters when they were in San Francisco. Beat writing, also known as specialized reporting, is a type of journalism that can be described as the craft of in-depth reporting on a particular issue, sector, organization or institution over time.

  11. Awards that he haswon Los Angeles Times’ Robert Kirsch Award BABRA Award for Lifetime Achievement the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Award for Contribution to American Arts and Letters Ferlinghetti was named San Francisco’s Poet Laureate in August 1998 and served for two years Author’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award

  12. Some of hisPoems Number 8 It was a face which darkness could killin an instanta face as easily hurtby laughter or light'We think differently at night'she told me oncelying back languidlyAnd she would quote Cocteau'I feel there is an angel in me' she'd say'whom I am constantly shocking'Then she would smile and look away light a cigarette for mesigh and riseand stretchher sweet anatomylet fall a stocking

  13. Poems People Getting Divorced Bird With Two Right Wings