Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu, Facultatea de Litere și Arte
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Literary Legends: The “Daybreak Boys” of the Beat Generation
This article focuses on the birth of the Beat Generation in the 1950s as a natural reaction to mainstream culture in postwar America. Even though the Beat Generation’s literary productions were initially perceived as (obscene) provocations by allegedly uneducated writers, Beat literature has survived the test of time and is still influential today. The works of the most famous Beats, such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, or William S. Burroughs pushed the limits of what might be labeled “adequate” and eradicated censorship in (American) literature.
Keywords: modern and contemporary American literature, Beat Generation, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Dylan.