Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti has sold his travel journals to Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Company.
The 94-year old’s new work Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals (1950-2013), is slated for publication in September 2015. The book will incorporate the author’s travel journals and notebooks, along with content from his 1970 book The Mexican Night and his 1984 work Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre, both of which are out of print.
The New York Times has the story: “The journal material, most of it being published for the first time, sheds as much light on Mr. Ferlinghetti’s political passions as on his relationships with the Beat writers. His itinerary takes him to Mexico, Haiti and North Africa, to Cuba in the throes of the Castro revolution, to Franco’s Spain, to Soviet Russia for the 1968 Writers’ Congress, and to Nicaragua under the Sandinistas. It also includes his frequent trips to Italy and to France, where he lived for four years while pursuing a doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris. Along the way, he records his encounters with Pablo Neruda, Ezra Pound, Ernesto Cardenal, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Andrei Voznesensky.”