Poet of the ‘beat’ movement, born in Newark, New Jersey, USA. He studied at Columbia University, where he became friendly with Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and others of the movement. Howl (1956), his epic poem, was a significant success, and launched him on a high profile career as a public speaker against authoritarianism. Other collections include Kaddish and Other Poems (1961), Reality Sandwiches (1963), and Poems All Over The Place: Mostly Seventies (1978). His Collected Poems were published in 1987.
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