Beat Poet, Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti Dies at 101

His books sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and he ran one of the world’s most famous and distinctive bookstores, City Lights.

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FILE - Author Lawrence Ferlinghetti appears in Oct. 8, 1988. Ferlinghetti, a poet, publisher and bookseller has died in San Francisco at age 101. His son says Ferlinghetti died at home on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Ferlinghetti helped launch and perpetuate the Beat movement. He was known for his City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, an essential meeting place for the Beats and other bohemians in the 1950s and beyond. (AP Photo/Frankie Ziths, File)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who helped launch and perpetuate the Beat movement, has died. He was 101. Ferlinghetti died at his San Francisco home Monday, his son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti told The Associated Press Tuesday. The cause was lung disease. His father died “in his own room,” holding the hands of his son and his son’s girlfriend, “as he took his last breath, his son said. Lorenzo Ferlinghetti said his…

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