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Full Name: Gregory Corso
(1930-2001) Poet. Gregory Corso was born on Bleecker Street in New York City. Corso spent much of the first thirteen years of his life in orphanages, foster homes, and reform schools around New York City. He lived for a few years of his early life at 190 Clinton Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. Later he lived at Avenue C and 5th Street, and also at the Hotel Chelsea. When he was sixteen (according to anecdotal testimony), Corso and two accomplices, utilizing nothing more than walkie-talkies obtained from an army-navy surplus store, masterminded the robbery of a Household Finance office for $21,000. He was caught and sent to Clinton State Prison in Dannemora, New York, where he spent three years, reading dictionaries, the poetry of Shelley, Dostoyevsky, Stendhal, Thomas Chatterton, Christopher Marlow and other books. When he was released in 1950, he met Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and other assorted Beats. He taught at SUNY Buffalo until 1965, when he was bagged for refusing to sign a loyalty oath.
Author's Timeline:
1930 New York County
Gregory Nunzio Corso was born on Bleecker Street in Manhattan, New York, in 1930. 
2001 (Unknown) County
Gregory Corso died in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, in 2001. 
1958 (Unknown) County
(Pub: Lawrence Ferlinghetti/City Lights Books. ISBN: )
Collection of poetry. 
1965 Erie County
Corso taught at SUNY Buffalo until 1965, when he was bagged for refusing to sign a loyalty oath.  
2001 (Unknown) County
Gregory Corso was interred at Campo Cestio, Rome, Lazio, Italy.  
1960 (Unknown) County
The Happy Birthday of Death
1961 (Unknown) County
The American Express
1962 (Unknown) County
Long Live Man
1970 (Unknown) County
Elegaic Feelings American
1981 (Unknown) County
Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit
Collection of poetry. 
1989 (Unknown) County
Mindfield: New and Selected Poems
(Pub: Thunder's Mouth. ISBN: )
Collection of poetry. 
1955 (Unknown) County
The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems
Collection of poetry. 
1964 (Unknown) County
The Mutation of the Spirit
Collection of poetry. 
1958 (Unknown) County
Collection of poetry. 
? New York County
Corso lived at several different addresses in Manhattan, New York. 
? Clinton County
At age 16, Corso began serving a three-year sentence at Clinton State Prison for theft. While in prison he read widely in the classics, including Dostoyevsky, Stendhal, Shelley, Thomas Chatterton, and Christopher Marlowe, as well as the dictionary. It was in Clinton State Prison that Corso began writing poems. After being released, Corso went back to Greenwich Village where he met Ginsberg and became involved in the nascent Beat Generation.  

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