Beat Generation


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Beat Generation

n.
A group of American writers and artists popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, influenced by Eastern philosophy and religion and known especially for their use of nontraditional forms and their rejection of conventional social values.

[From beat, weary (coined by Jack Kerouac in 1948 to describe the disaffected underground urban youth culture of the time, but later associated with beat, rhythmic pulse beatitude).]

Beat Generation

n (functioning as singular or plural)
1. (Sociology) members of the generation that came to maturity in the 1950s, whose rejection of the social and political systems of the West was expressed through contempt for regular work, possessions, traditional dress, etc, and espousal of anarchism, communal living, drugs, etc
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Movements) a group of US writers, notably Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs, who emerged in the 1950s

Beat′ Genera′tion


n.
(often l.c.) members of the generation that came of age in the 1950s and espoused forms of mysticism and the relaxation of social inhibitions.
[1950–55; appar. beat, adj.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Beat Generation - a United States youth subculture of the 1950sbeat generation - a United States youth subculture of the 1950s; rejected possessions or regular work or traditional dress; for communal living and psychedelic drugs and anarchism; favored modern forms of jazz (e.g., bebop)
youth subculture - a minority youth culture whose distinctiveness depended largely on the social class and ethnic background of its members; often characterized by its adoption of a particular music genre
beatnik, beat - a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
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This study for students, scholars, and fans of the Beats argues that without French literature, there would have been no Beat Generation.
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Iain Sinclair sets out on his quest for the ghosts and spirits of members of the Beat Generation because "I needed a new mythology to shield against the sense of loss and hanging dread inherent in the invasion and dissolution of my familiar London ground.
Part of a series of pop culture "FAQ" titles from Backbeat Books, The Beat Generation FAQ: All That's Left To Know About The Angleheaded Hipsters examines a literary movement that arose as counterculture to the stifling repressions and conformity that saturated post World War II life in the United States.
He also took Jack Kerouac's 1950s beat generation classic On The Road as his book, telling Young it was the only novel he had ever read.
In 1959 Charters married his second wife, Ann, a leading authority on the Beat Generation who wrote the first biography of Jack Kerouac in 1973.
Advance reviews from eminent Beat literature scholars have praised "The Whole Shot" as “an important collection of interviews that provide a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, writings and life of a Beat writer who deserves closer attention,” “highly readable,” “a valuable contribution to our understanding of an original and vigorous poetic voice,” and “essential reading for anyone with an interest in Gregory Corso, the Beat Generation, or modern poetry.
Critique: The Beat Generation was a group of American post-World War II writers who came to prominence in the 1950s, as well as the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired.
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