By Michael J. Dittman
The writers of the Beat iteration wrote in the course of a very chaotic interval in sleek background. They spoke back to the specter of the nuclear age, the anti-Communist hysteria that gripped the USA, and the cultural strain to comply to social conventions. Written for college students and normal readers, this publication examines 7 masterpieces of Beat literature.
Periods of cultural clash frequently provide beginning to remarkably inventive literary works. The writers of the Beat iteration wrote in the course of a very chaotic time in glossy American heritage, as they faced the specter of a nuclear warfare, the increase of anti-Communist hysteria, and the starting to be strain to comply to social conventions. They drew upon the works of jazz musicians, anarchist poets, and others to create an drastically influential and well known physique of writing. This booklet is a consultant to their achievement.
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In 1961 he had tried, and violently disliked, LSD with Ginsberg and Timothy Leary in Ginsberg’s apartment. He lapsed into depression afterwards. At almost the same time, he was informed that his ex-wife Joan Haverty, was suing him for child support for her daughter Jan, who Kerouac denied was his. Kerouac published the Books of Dreams, a transcription of Kerouac’s actual dreams recorded as soon as he woke up; following publication, the book was largely ignored. He then wrote book 2 of Desolation Angels, and then moving to Florida, he wrote Big Sur.
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