Ann Charters


Ann Charters is the author of the first biography of Jack Kerouac, published in 1973, as well as a number of major studies of Beat literature and its personalities. She began taking photographs in 1958 on Andros Island in the Bahamas to document Samuel Charters' field recordings for Folkways Records. These photographs of musicians are featured in Blues Faces: A Portrait of the Blues (David Godine Books, 2000). Her photographs of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Kesey, and others are included in Beats & Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation (Doubleday, 1986). Her photo essay on Charles Olson in Gloucester was published in Olson/Melville: A Study in Affinity (Oyez, 1968). Her photos also illustrated Samuel Charters' The Poetry of the Blues (Oak Publications, 1963) and Songs of Sorrow: Lucy McKim Garrison and Slave Songs of the United States (University Press of Mississippi, 2015). Ann Charters' photo essay featuring the Nobel Prize-winning poet Tomas Tranströmer is included in Samuel Charters' translation of Tranströmer's BALTICS, published by Tavern Books in 2012.


Jack Kerovac

Jenn McKee


Evidence of What Is Said: The Correspondence Between Ann...

Charles Olson and Ann Charters


Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the...

Ann Charters and Samuel Charters


On the Road

Jack Kerouac


The Portable Sixties Reader

Various and Various


Three Lives

Gertrude Stein


The Portable Beat Reader



The Portable Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac


The Poetry of the Blues

Samuel Charters


The Story and Its Writer 10e & Launchpad Solo for Literature...

Ann Charters and Bedford/St Martin's


Old Angel Midnight

Jack Kerouac