San Francisco Bay Area poet and one of the founders of the Beat movement Lawrence Ferlinghetti has died at the age of 101.
His daughter says he died Monday at his home in San Francisco form lung disease. Ferlinghetti founded what is now known as City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in 1953 as a modest independent book haven. He published some of the first Beat poems, including Howl by Allen Ginsberg. As a result, Ferlinghetti was then charged with printing indecent writings, but was acquitted.