Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was an American poet known for his political views, influence on The Beat Generation, and incendiary poetry. His best known work is Howl, but he is almost as well known for the company he kept (the beats in The '50s, the hippies in The '60s).
Tropes in the work of Allan Ginsberg include:
- Banned in China: Most know about the infamous obscenity trial upon the publication of "Howl". His work is still banned from many school libraries today.
- The Beat Generation: Along with Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs a formative member of the movement.