American writers Jack Kerouac (left), Albert Saijo (right, with glasses), and Lew Welch sit around a low table as they collaborate on a poem, which is typed by Gloria Schoffel in the apartment (304 W. 14th St.) of her and her soon-to-be husband, photographer McDarrah, December 10, 1959. The poem was entitled 'This is a Poem by Albert Saijo, Lew Welch, and Jack Kerouac' (later published as 'Trip Trap'), and was based on the trio's journey from San Francisco to New York in Welch's car.

American writers Jack Kerouac (left), Albert Saijo (right, with glasses), and Lew Welch sit around a low table as they collaborate on a poem, which is typed by Gloria Schoffel in the apartment (304 W. 14th St.) of her and her soon-to-be husband, photographer McDarrah, December 10, 1959. The poem was entitled 'This is a Poem by Albert Saijo, Lew Welch, and Jack Kerouac' (later published as 'Trip Trap'), and was based on the trio's journey from San Francisco to New York in Welch's car.

  The Village has a long history of literary achievement and social activism with both words and song, which was part of the draw for the Beats and Bob.

   Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense" in a still existing townhouse on Grove Street. And writers like Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, John Dos Passos, John Reed, Mark Twain, William Styron,  Willa Cather, James Baldwin, O. Henry, Edward Albee, Eugene O'Neill, Hart Crane, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Thomas Wolfe, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Djuna Barnes and Dawn Powell (Google those last two, kids, if the names don't ring a bell) have called the Village home.

  So did Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly.

  McDarrah's books including The Beat Scene, Kerouac and Friends A Beat Generation Album and his more personal Glory Days: Beat Generation in Greenwich Village earned him the title, "the Bachrach of New York's Bohemia" from the New York Times.

  And his photo of Dylan saluting in Sheridan Square is possibly the most famous photo of Dylan ever taken.

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