Allen Ginsberg

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Date of Birth June 3, 1926
Place of Birth Newark, New Jersey
Date of Death Apr 5, 1997 (70)
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Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and writer. As a student at Columbia University in the 1940s, he began friendships with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, forming the core of the Beat Generation. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression, and he embodied various aspects of this counterculture with his views on drugs, hostility to bureaucracy, and openness to Eastern religions. Ginsberg is best known for his poem "Howl" in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States. San Francisco police and US Customs seized "Howl" in 1956, and it attracted widespread publicity in 1957 when it became the subject of an obscenity trial, as it described heterosexual and homosexual sex at a time when sodomy laws made homosexual acts a crime in every state. The poem reflected Ginsberg's own sexuality and his relationships with a number of men, including Peter Orlovsky, his lifelong partner.

Born: Irwin Allen Ginsberg, June 03, 1926, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 05, 1997, New York City, United States
Occupation: Writer, poet
Education: Columbia University (B.A.)
Literary movement: Beat literature, hippie, Confessional poetry
Notable awards: National Book Award (1974), Robert Frost Medal (1986)
Partner: Peter Orlovsky (1954–1997, Ginsberg's death)
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About Allen Ginsberg

Famous beatnik poet and National Book Award recipient who is best known for Howl, a controversial 1956 poetic work. His other notable works include Reality Sandwiches, Iron Horse, and White Shroud Poems.

Before Fame

He spent his teens submitting politically-themed letters to The New York Times. He went on to attend Columbia University, where he published numerous articles in the campus literary journal.

Achievement

Howl was at one point banned in the United States because of its controversial subject matter.

Family Life

He began a long-term relationship with Peter Orlovsky in 1954.

Associations

He was influenced by the poetic work of Walt Whitman.

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