Beat Generation

The Beat Generation refers to both the group of American writers who came to prominence in the late 1950s and early 1960s and the cultural phenomena that they wrote about and inspired. Their movement was characterized by the rejection of mainstream American values, experimentation with drugs and alternate forms of sexuality, and an interest in Eastern spirituality. Prominent “Beatniks” included Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.

Synonyms:
Beatniks, "Beatnik", "Beat Generation"

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