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Allen Ginsberg

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Allen Ginsberg


Born
in Newark, New Jersey, The United States
June 03, 1926

Died
April 05, 1997

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Books of American poet Irwin Allen Ginsberg, a leading figure of the Beat Generation known for his long incantatory works, include Howl (1956) and Kaddish (1961).

Naomi Ginsberg bore Irwin Allen Ginsberg, a son, to Louis Ginsberg, a Jewish member of the New York literary counterculture of the 1920s. They reared Ginsberg among several progressive political perspectives. Mental health of Naomi Ginsberg, a nudist, who supported the Communist party, concerned people throughout the childhood of the poet. According to biographer Barry Miles, "Naomi's illness gave Allen an enormous empathy and tolerance for madness, neurosis, and psychosis."

As an adolescent, Ginsberg savored Walt Whitman, though in 1939, when Ginsberg graduated high school
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Howl and Other Poems

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4.13 avg rating — 104,308 ratings — published 1956 — 74 editions
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Kaddish and Other Poems

4.20 avg rating — 9,025 ratings — published 1961 — 14 editions
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Collected Poems, 1947-1980

4.19 avg rating — 7,004 ratings — published 1984 — 7 editions
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Howl

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4.03 avg rating — 4,031 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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Collected Poems 1947-1997

4.34 avg rating — 2,574 ratings — published 2006 — 10 editions
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Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems

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3.99 avg rating — 2,632 ratings — published 1956 — 24 editions
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Reality Sandwiches

3.95 avg rating — 2,006 ratings — published 1963 — 8 editions
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Howl: Original Draft Facsim...

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The Fall of America: Poems ...

4.09 avg rating — 1,198 ratings — published 1972 — 11 editions
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Selected Poems, 1947–1995

4.13 avg rating — 837 ratings — published 1996 — 10 editions
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Quotes by Allen Ginsberg  (?)
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“Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.”
Allen Ginsberg

“I don't think there is any truth. There are only points of view. ”
Allen Ginsberg

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.”
Allen Ginsberg, Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems

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