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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.Best known for his poem "Howl", Ginsberg 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 6,037,154 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia. Allen Ginsberg is the 505th most popular writer (down from 497th in 2019), the 513th most popular biography from United States (up from 515th in 2019) and the 55th 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 505 out of 5,755Before him are John le Carré, Nadine Gordimer, Beatrix Potter, Francesca da Rimini, Jean Paul, and Al-Maʿarri. After him are Saul Bellow, Héloïse, Marina Tsvetaeva, George R. R. Martin, J. M. Barrie, and Rudaki.

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Among people born in 1926, Allen Ginsberg ranks 24Before him are René Goscinny, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Hugh Hefner, Paul Bocuse, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, and John Coltrane. After him are Harper Lee, Ivan Illich, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Jerry Lewis, Clifford Geertz, and David Attenborough. Among people deceased in 1997, Allen Ginsberg ranks 23Before him are Hans Eysenck, Isaiah Berlin, William S. Burroughs, Sviatoslav Richter, Melvin Calvin, and Robert Mitchum. After him are Roy Lichtenstein, Bảo Đại, Fred Zinnemann, Aldo Rossi, Dora Maar, and Burgess Meredith.

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Among people born in United States, Allen Ginsberg ranks 513 out of 18,182Before him are Florence Foster Jenkins (1868), John Kerry (1943), Robert Mitchum (1917), Leonard Nimoy (1931), Romina Power (1951), and John Malkovich (1953). After him are Kary Mullis (1944), Richard Kiel (1939), George R. R. Martin (1948), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Peter Fonda (1940), and Betty White (1922).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Allen Ginsberg ranks 55Before him are William S. Burroughs (1914), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), Ellen G. White (1827), Robert A. Heinlein (1907), Kurt Vonnegut (1922), and Harriet Tubman (1820). After him are George R. R. Martin (1948), Harper Lee (1926), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), Sidney Sheldon (1917), T. S. Eliot (1888), and Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875).