The Birth of the Beat Generation by Steven Watson
Visionaries, Rebels, and Hipsters, 1944-1960 (Circles of the Twentieth Century)

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The second volume in the acclaimed series that brings to life the groups of avant-garde writers, artists, and patrons who were keystones of what has come to be called Modernism, this book sheds new light on the hard-living, maverick poets and novelists--William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and others--who coalesced into the Beats. Illustrations.

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Published November 14, 1995 by Pantheon. 387 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Kerouac's fictional portrayal of Cassady in On the Road helped to create a popular image of ``beatniks'' (in columnist Herb Caen's flip 1957 coinage) as foolish, speed-crazed menaces to the American way, but Watson shows that the Beats were bonded by enormous intellectual curiosity as well as the...

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