Beat writers — literary stars of the 1950s and 1960s Beat Generation — were rebellious and experimental wordsmiths. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Amiri Baraka, William S. Burroughs and others left highly influential marks in literature, music, film and culture.
Jack Kerouac was an American writer best known for the novel 'On the Road,' which became an American classic, pioneering the Beat Generation in the 1950s.
William S. Burroughs was a Beat Generation writer known for his startling, nontraditional accounts of drug culture, most famously in the book 'Naked Lunch.'
Novelist Ken Kesey wrote 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and is credited with helping to usher in the era of psychedelic drugs in the 1960s.
Allen Ginsberg is one of the 20th century's most influential poets, regarded as a founding father of the Beat Movement and known for works like "Howl."
Amiri Baraka is an African American poet, activist and scholar. He was an influential Black nationalist and later became a Marxist.