Allen Ginsberg

1926 - 1997

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Irwin Allen Ginsberg (; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and writer. As a student at Columbia University in the 1940s, he began friendships with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, forming the core of the Beat Generation. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression, and he embodied various aspects of this counterculture with his views on drugs, sex, multiculturalism, hostility to bureaucracy, and openness to Eastern religions.Ginsberg is best known for his poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Allen Ginsberg has received more than 5,545,751 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Allen Ginsberg is the 497th most popular writer (down from 437th in 2019), the 515th most popular biography from United States (down from 402nd in 2019) and the 58th most popular American Writer.

Allen Ginsberg is most famous for his poem "Howl" and his involvement in the Beat Generation.

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Among writers, Allen Ginsberg ranks 497 out of 5,794Before him are Washington Irving, Saint-John Perse, Robert A. Heinlein, Jules Michelet, Ludvig Holberg, and George Eliot. After him are D. H. Lawrence, Octavio Paz, Muhammad Iqbal, Frank Herbert, Ellen G. White, and George Steiner.

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Among people born in 1926, Allen Ginsberg ranks 24Before him are Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Jerry Lewis, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Paul Bocuse, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, and John Coltrane. After him are Ivan Illich, Harper Lee, Clifford Geertz, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Jack Brabham, and Louise Hay. Among people deceased in 1997, Allen Ginsberg ranks 19Before him are Anton LaVey, Hans Eysenck, Sviatoslav Richter, Paulo Freire, The Notorious B.I.G., and William S. Burroughs. After him are Bảo Đại, Bohumil Hrabal, Isaiah Berlin, Clyde Tombaugh, Fred Zinnemann, and Dora Maar.

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Among people born in United States, Allen Ginsberg ranks 515 out of 15,968Before him are Terrence Malick (1943), Jack Kilby (1923), Robert A. Heinlein (1907), Kris Jenner (1955), George A. Romero (1940), and Dennis Ritchie (1941). After him are William Holden (1918), Babe Ruth (1895), Jim Jones (1931), Michael Landon (1936), Lou Reed (1942), and Frank Herbert (1920).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Allen Ginsberg ranks 58Before him are Susan Sontag (1933), Tennessee Williams (1911), Sidney Sheldon (1917), Mary Higgins Clark (1927), Washington Irving (1783), and Robert A. Heinlein (1907). After him are Frank Herbert (1920), Ellen G. White (1827), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), Harper Lee (1926), Harriet Tubman (1820), and George R. R. Martin (1948).