Allen Ginsberg

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg

Profession: Beat Poet

United States of America

Why Famous: One of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He is best known for his epic poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.

Born: June 3, 1926
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: April 5, 1997 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Liver Cancer

Historical Events in the Life of Allen Ginsberg

  • 1955-03-25 United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene.
  • 1955-04-03 The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges
  • 1955-10-07 Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.
  • 1957-10-03 Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems is ruled not obscene.
  • 1959-06-02 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", San Francisco
  • 1967-12-05 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg arrested in New York while protesting against the Vietnam War

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