David M. Skover
Along with Ronald K.L. Collins of the University of Washington School of Law, David Skover of the Seattle University School of Law has co-authored several books on free expression and it constitutional foundations, among them The Trials of Lenny Bruce and On Dissent. Today’s program is occasioned by publication of their newest book, The People v. Ferlinghetti: The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (Rowman & Littlefield).
“This is the Howl story as it has never been told — riveting and reliable. It is the remarkable story of a courageous publisher and bookseller who tested the law to give voice to a poem howling to be born. With artful skill and scholarly research, the authors highlight Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s rightful place in history, not only as a great American poet but also as a fearless defender of liberty.” — Matt Theado.
“Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a too little recognized one-hundred year old First Amendment hero, a poet, painter, bookseller and book publisher whose devotion to freedom of expression has been boundless. In this splendid book about Ferlinghetti, Collins and Skover combine a mastery of narrative with profound insight in a manner that inspires us all to recommit ourselves to the uniquely American experiment in free-speech freedom.” — Floyd Abrams.