The Beat Generation: A Beginner's Guide

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Oneworld Publications, Dec 1, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 168 pages
The engine behind the first modern counterculture, the Beat Generation were a revolutionary group of American writers in the late 50s and early 60s who fused a fresh approach to literature with a bohemian lifestyle. Immortalized through Kerouac’s On the Road and Ginsberg’s Howl, their relaxed, gritty, and candid writing has inspired generations. Chronicling the group’s origins, adventures, and inner workings, Gair introduces iconic personalities including Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Burroughs, along with women writers, musicians, and artists. Examining their monumental influence upon popular culture from bebop to the Beastie Boys, Gair proves beyond any doubt that their revolutionary approach to literature and life has created a key movement in American literature. Christopher Gair is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
the 1940s
Beat and the San Francisco renaissance
King of the Beats
Other voices
Legacy of the Beat Generation
Copyright

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Christopher Gair is a Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Glasgow. His books include The American Counterculture (2007).

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