Patti Smith Books in Order

The Patti Smith books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Patti Smith books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Poetry Collections

Seventh Heaven

Smith, Patti 1972

1972 collection of poems from the Godmother of Punk and the author of the National Book Award winner "Just Kids." Includes the poems: 1."Seventh Heaven" 2."Sally" 3."Jeanne Darc" 4."Renee Falconetti" 5."A Fire of Unknown Origin" 6."Edie Sedgwick" 7.

"Crystal" 8."Marianne Faithfull" 9."Girl Trouble" 10."Cocaine" 11."Judith" 12."Fantasy" 13."Marilyn Miller" 14."Mary Jane" 15."Amelia Earhart I" 16."Amelia Earhart II" 17."Linda" 18."Death by Water" 19."Celine" 20."Dog Dream" 21."Female" 22.

"Longing"

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Witt

Smith, Patti 1973
Witt is a collection of poems written by Patti Smith, in 1973. Published on June 1st 1973 by Gotham Book Mart & Gallery in New York city, a rare hard to find classic. Read More

Ha! Ha! Houdini

Smith, Patti 1977
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Babel

Smith, Patti 1978

Woolgathering

Smith, Patti 1992

The National Book Award–winner Patti Smith presents a treasure box of a childhood memoir about “clear unspeakable joy” and “just the wish to know.” A great book about becoming an artist, Woolgathering tells of a youngster finding herself as she learns the noble vocation of woolgathering, “a worthy calling that seemed a good job for me.

” She discovers―often at night, often in nature―the pleasures of rescuing “a fleeting thought.” Deeply moving, Wool- gathering calls up our own memories, as the child “glimpses and gleans, piecing together a crazy quilt of truths.” Smith introduces us to her tribe, “a race of cloud dwellers,” and to the fierce, vital pleasures of cloud watching and stargazing and wandering.

A radiant new autobiographical piece, “Two Worlds” (which was not in the original 1992 Hanuman edition of Woolgathering), and the author’s photographs and illustrations are also included. Woolgathering celebrates the sacred nature of creation with Smith’s beautiful style, acclaimed as “glorious” (NPR), “spellbinding” (Booklist), “rare and ferocious” (Salon), and “shockingly beautiful” (New York Magazine).

Black-and-white illustrations

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The Coral Sea

Smith, Patti 1996
A collection of lyrical writings provides a tribute to the author's enduring friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe and describes the late artist's coming of age, relationship with Sam Wagstaff, and battle with AIDS. Read More

Auguries of Innocence

Smith, Patti 2005

Auguries of Innocence is the first book of poetry from Patti Smith in more than a decade. It marks a major accomplishment from a poet and performer who has inscribed her vision of our world in powerful anthems, ballads, and lyrics. In this intimate and searing collection of poems, Smith joins in that great tradition of troubadours, journeymen, wordsmiths, and artists who respond to the world around them in fresh and original language.

Her influences are eclectic and striking: Blake, Rimbaud, Picasso, Arbus, and Johnny Appleseed. Smith is an American original; her poems are oracles for our times.

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A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat

Rimbaud, Arthur 2011

A reissue of Rimbaud’s highly influential work, with a new preface by Patti Smith and the original 1945 New Directions cover design by Alvin lustig.New Directions is pleased to announce the relaunch of the long-celebrated bilingual edition of Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell & The Drunken Boat — a personal poem of damnation as well as a plea to be released from “the examination of his own depths.

”Rimbaud originally distributed A Season In Hell to friends as a self-published booklet, and soon afterward, at the age of nineteen, quit poetry altogether. New Directions’s edition was among the first to be published in the U.S., and it quickly became a classic.

Rimbaud’s famous poem “The Drunken Boat” was subsequently added to the first paperbook printing. Allen Ginsberg proclaimed Arthur Rimbaud as “the first punk” — a visionary mentor to the Beats for both his recklessness and his fiery poetry.

This new edition proudly dons the original Alvin Lustig–designed cover, and a introduction by another famous rebel — and now National Book Award–winner — Patti Smith.

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Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970-2015

Smith, Patti 2015

To honor the fortieth anniversary of her seminal album Horses, a revised and updated version of the iconic artist’s collected lyrics.This extraordinary collection from “rock and roll’s poet laureate” is a testimony to the fierce passion and uncompromising originality of Patti Smith’s music and writing.

Building on the collection originally published in 1998, this new edition features more than thirty-five new songs, new artwork, and an introduction from Patti Smith herself.As relevant, fresh, and searing as when they were originally written, Smith’s lyrics capture her unique voice, raw in beauty, grace, and authenticity.

Sharing a message of dedication, love, and compassion that speaks across the ages, Smith’s words empower fans and reveal the strong yet vulnerable heart of woman defined by her art.

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Early Work, 1970-1979

Smith, Patti 1994
The poet, songwriter, and performer evokes the experimentation and longing of the pre-punk days in a collection of poems and prose Read More

Patti Smith Complete Lyrics, Reflections & Notes for the Future

Smith, Patti 1998

Described by her critics alternately as the "godmother of punk" and "rock and roll's poet laureate," Patti Smith is an American original. Her first album, Horses, was a landmark album of power, bravado, beauty, and grace. Its famous cover portrait, photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe, "was the first to claim both vision and authority," wrote Camille Paglia.

"No female rocker had ever dominated an image in this aggressive, uncompromising way."Seven albums later, and a life punctuated by a long hiatus during which Smith raised her two children and suffered the tragic losses of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith, her dear friend, Robert Mapplethorpe, and her beloved brother, Smith is ready to mark her first fifty years on the planet with a book her fans have long awaited: the complete lyrics.

With never-before-seen photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Liebovitz, Kate Simon, and others, plus original artwork and text by Smith, Patti Smith Complete is a living commemoration of Smith's unique contribution to music and the empowerment of people through her message of work, love, and charity.

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Strange Messenger

Greenberg, David 2003

Impossible to categorize, moving easily between the literary, art and musical worlds, always unpredictable and impassioned, idiosyncratic musician and artist Patti Smith here presents an impressive body of visual art, mostly works on paper. Bringing together approximately 60 works spanning the past 30 years, Strange Messenger collects early pieces as well as new ones inspired by the September 11, 2001, bombing of the World Trade Center, in which Smith expresses her views about violence, religion, war and intolerance.

This book marks the first occasion that Smith's drawings have been brought together in a single volume, as well as the first publication of most of the included works.

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Trois

Smith, Patti 2008

A set of three personal books by an icon of the New York underground music scene.Published on the occasion of Patti Smith's exhibition at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, here are three books devoted to her artistic world, combined in a set entitled Trois.

Charleville encompasses Smith's texts, drawings, and photographs revolving around the figure of Arthur Rimbaud and collected over a period of almost forty years. Photographies showcases her photographs of sculptures taken between 2002 and 2008 and accompanied by her poems.

Cahier is a notebook inspired by those belonging to Patti Smith. The first pages are filled with her handwriting and the rest is left to the reader's personal use.The set perfectly reflects Patti Smith's long-standing interest in literature, photography, and all kinds of artistic expression.

150 illustrations.

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Just Kids

Smith, Patti 2010

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography.

Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-Second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous, the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe.

It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists’ ascent, a prelude to fame.

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M Train

Smith, Patti 2015

From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: a “sublime collection of true stories … and wild imaginings that take us to the very heart of who Patti Smith is” (Vanity Fair), told through the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world.

Patti Smith calls this bestselling work “a roadmap to my life.”M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook.

Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; to the West 4th Street subway station, filled with the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.   Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee.

It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today.Featuring a postscript with five new photos from Patti Smith

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Year of the Monkey

Smith, Patti 2019

New York Times Best SellerFrom the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering.

Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs--including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow.

In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the Year of the Monkey." For Smith--inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing--the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.

Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery.

The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.

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