Jonah Raskin

Jonah Raskin is the author of American Scream, the first critical and historical study of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” and most recently, Wild Ones, about Natalie Jackson and the Beat Generation. Raskin studied literature at Columbia College with Lionel Trilling, and later moved to England to study literature at the University of Manchester. His 1967 Ph.D. dissertation, The Mythology of Imperialism, drew the attention of such scholars as Edward Said. In the late 1960s, Raskin became involved with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and his wife, Eleanor, went underground. He’s no longer a starry-eyed revolutionary, but he’s deeply involved in the environmental movement and carries on as best he can the legacy of Henry David Thoreau.