The Beat Generation, or the beats, was a group of American writers who came to prominence in the 1950s by embracing poetry, travel, spirituality, jazz, and anti-consumerist ideas. Some of the famous poets and writers in this group included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Now, here are some things that you might not have known about the beat writers:
1) Jack Kerouac wrote his first novel in 1943 and it was not publicly available until recently. Explore books in our Online Catalog by Jack Kerouac.
2) Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg were lifelong friends who wrote each other hundreds of letters, all of which have been published in a recent collection available in the library: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The letters.
3) Not only did Allen Ginsberg write some of the most famous American poetry of the modern era, he was also an avid photographer. See his photos of himself and other poets and writers in his photographic memoir Reality Sandwiches (Snapshot poetics : Allen Ginsberg’s photographic memoir of the beat era.
4) Just in case you haven’t gotten to them yet, the Emmanuel College library has copies of classic works of beat poetry and literature. Some examples include:
– Posted by the Reference Department