Bill Morgan is a writer and archival consultant who now lives in Vermont after a lifetime spent on New York City’s Lower East Side. He is the author and editor of 40 books, mostly about the Beat Generation. These include I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg, The Typewriter Is Holy: A Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation, The The Beats Abroad and The Beat Generation in San Francisco(both from City Lights Books) and has recently editedThe Best Minds of My Generation, A Literary History of the Beats by Allen Ginsberg. In the past he has edited titles as diverse as An Accidental Autobiography: The Correspondence of Gregory Corso; You’ll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac by Edie Kerouac-Parker,Ginsberg’s Wait Till I’m Dead, The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems, 1937-1952 andHowl on Trial: The Battle for Free Expression and collections of letters by Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Snyder, Kerouac, Burroughs, and others. He is currently working with the Arthur Miller estate on an edition of Miller’s journals.
Morgan received his M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked as a librarian and archivist for more than 40 years. He has acted as the archivist and bibliographer for many writers including Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Oliver Sacks, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane DiPrima, Michael McClure, Lionel Trilling, James Merrill, and Abbie Hoffman.