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Ferlinghetti, Beat Poet and Publisher, Is Now French Commander [US, France]:
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the San Francisco poet, publisher, painter and founder of City Lights bookstore, is now a commander. A commandeur, actually.

The French government has given Ferlinghetti the title of Commandeur des Arts et Lettres, citing his poems such as ``A Coney Island of the Mind'' (1958) and his role in publishing Beat poets like Allen Ginsberg in the 1950s and '60s. The French consul general, Frederic Desagneaux, presented him with a medal and a Gallic hug during a reception Friday evening at the French consulate in San Francisco. [...]
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