American poet Allen Ginsberg was born in 1926 in Patterson New Jersey. He graduated from Columbia in 1949.
An outspoken member of the “beat generation” Ginsberg is best known for Howl, a long poem attacking American values in the 1950s. He glorified everyday experiences, embraced the ecstatic moments, and promoted spontaneity and freedom of expression. His volumes of poetry include Kaddish and Other Poems, 1958–60, Collected Poems, 1947–1980, and White Shroud: Poems 1980–85. Allen Verbatim is a collection of lectures and Deliberate Prose a selection of essays.
Allen Ginsberg died in 1997.