Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 ? April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet.
He is best known for “Howl” (1956), a long poem about the self-destruction of his friends of the Beat Generation and what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States at the time.
Ginsberg was an important founding member of the beat movement of the 1950s and later served as a bridge between the beat movement and the hippies of the 1960s. His poetry was strongly influenced by Modernism, Romanticism, the beat and cadence of jazz, and his Kagyu Buddhist practice and Jewish background.
Ginsberg won the National Book Award for his book “The Fall of America”. In 1993, the French Minister of Culture awarded him the medal of Chevalier des Arts des Lettres (the Order of Arts and Letters).
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