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Allen Ginsberg

(1926–1997)

American poet, playwright, and nonfiction writer.

Ginsberg came to prominence as a major figure of the Beat Generation, and his poem “Howl” (1956) is one of the most famous literary works of the movement. Much of Ginsberg’s poetry challenges the conventions and mores of American society, engaging in graphic explorations of previously controversial topics such as homosexuality and mental illness. Ginsberg often employed shocking imagery and profanity to communicate his ideas and experiences. Despite his unconventional literary style, he counted writers and thinkers of the literary “establishment,” including William Carlos Williams, William Blake, and Walt Whitman, among those who had the most profound impact on his work. Commentators have noted such influences, remarking on Ginsberg’s unique ability to employ traditional forms and ideas to advance innovative concepts, both in his writings and in his political and social activities...

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