Writers of the Beat Generation
Get to know the group of writers, friends, and activists who redefined American culture in the 1940's-1960's.
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|Name||Primary Genre||Other Genres||Cultural or Political Activities||Most Famous Text||Most Important Literary/Artistic Innovation|
|Allen Ginsberg||Poet||Diary, Archivist, Photographer||Free Speech Activist, Anti-War Activist; Gay Rights, Drug Legalization, Investigated the CIA, Supported less successful Beat figures||Howl (poem)||First Thought; Best Thought|
|Jack Kerouac||Autobiographical Fiction||Poet, Correspondence, Essays||Buddhism, Free Speech,||On The Road (novel)||Spontaneous Prose Method|
|Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka||Poet||Drama, Essays||Civil Rights, Black Arts Movement, Left Political Activist, Published Literary Magazines||Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note||Criticism and Analysis of Jazz and other African American music|
|William Burroughs||Novelist||Spoken Word, Painting, Essays||Gay Rights, Drug Legalization, 2nd Amendment, Free Speech, General Semantics, Occultist||Naked Lunch (novel)||The Cut Up Method|
|Neal Cassidy||Correspondence||Fiction, Performance Art||Drug Legalization, Driver for Kerouac& the Grateful Dead & for Ken Kessey and Merry Pranksters' bus Further||The First Third (novel)||Uncensored Confessional Writing|
|Lawrence Ferlinghetti||Poet||Literary Criticism, Painter||Free Speech Activist, Publisher & Owner of City Lights Books and Bookstore, Won Landmark Censorship Trial, Left Political Activist||Coney Island of the Mind (poetry)||Won the "Howl" censorship trial, effectively ending book banning and censorship in America.|
|Gary Snyder||Poet||Essays, Lectures||Translated Japanese Poetry, Environmentalist, Buddhism||Turtle Island (poetry)||Ecological Poetry|
|Diane di Prima||Poet||Essays, Memoir||Anti-War Activist, Women's Liberation||This Kind of Bird Flies Backwards (poetry)||Publisher and Editor of Literary Magazines|
|Herbert Huncke||Memoir||Spoken Word||Drug Legalization, Gay Rights,||Guilty of Everything (memoir)||The original hipster|
|Carolyn Cassidy||Memoir||Correspondence, Fiction, Painter||Women's Liberation, Theater Activist, Spiritualist||Off the Road (memoir)||Fought for inclusion of women in Beat Studies|