Lawrence Ferlinghetti died at 101 last night.

Seven essential books.

I’ve participated in discussions about which San Francisco historical figure best represents its value. There are many candidates. Ferlinghetti is among them.

Portrait of American poet and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti as he poses outside the bookstore he co-founded, City Lights Booksellers, in the North Beach neighborhood, San Francisco, California, September 1977. (Photo by Janet Fries/Getty Images)