Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Birthday
24, 1919
Birthplace
Bronxville, NY
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
24, 1919 (age 99)
Birthplace
Bronxville, NY

About

Beat poet and author known for A Coney Island of the Mind, Starting from San Francisco, and other works. His numerous literary honors include the Janus Pannonius International Poetry Prize and the National Book Foundation's Literarian Award.

Before Fame

He was raised as Lawrence Ferling; Ferlinghetti learned his true surname only when he had to track down his birth certificate for the purpose of U.S. Navy enlistment.

Trivia

He was the co-founder of City Lights, a renowned San Francisco bookstore.

Family Life

He married Selden Kirby-Smith in 1951 and subsequently had two children.

Associated With

He and author David Sedaris were both born in New York.