Posted on 06/07/2018 at 09:02 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the last surviving members of the Beat generation, hasn’t put his pen down.

The 99-year-old poet will release an experimental novel, titled Little Boy, in March 2019 to coincide with his 100th birthday.

Ferlinghetti told The New York Times that he’d rather have the novel out now.

“It’s the kind of book that I’ve been writing all my life,” he told the paper.

Little Boy is described as a mix of autobiography, literary criticism, poetry and philosophy.

Ferlinghetti first brought the manuscript to longtime agent Sterling Lord — himself 97 years old — a few years ago, but it took some time before a publisher picked it up.

Ferlinghetti has written more than 30 poetry collections, including the bestselling A Coney Island of the Mind, and is also known for publishing Allan Ginsberg’s Howl (for which he was arrested on obscenity charges).

Among his honors are a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle and the Literarian award for “outstanding service to the American literary community.” 

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