Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the founder of San Francisco’s iconic City Lights Books and an integral figure in the Beat poetry movement, has passed away. Editor and activist’s son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti told AP he died at his home on Monday from lung disease. He was 101 years old.
The San Francisco icon helped start the Beat movement in the 1950s, making the works of some of the greats like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs more accessible to readers. In 1953, the Bronxville, NY native founded City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco, a landmark that still serves the natives of the Bay Area and more to this day.
Ferlinghetti, whose works include Howl and other poems, Little boy, breath crying laughr and Photos of the vanished world, brought his talents not only to the literary world, but also to the field of entertainment. In 2007 he wrote the short film To paint a portrait of a bird and The world is a beautiful place in 2017. He even appeared as a minister in Markos Kounalakis’ 2010 short film, The war prayer.
Andrew Rodgers portrayed the modern literary figure of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman To scream, which stars James Franco as Allen Ginsberg.
He will be buried in his family plot in the cemetery of Bolinas, the Chronicle of San Francisco reported.