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The Cambridge Companion to the Beats
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Target online publication date: March 2017
  • Print publication year: 2017
  • Online ISBN: 9781316877067
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316877067
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    • Online ISBN: 9781316877067
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316877067
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The Cambridge Companion to the Beats offers an in-depth overview of one of the most innovative and popular literary periods in America, the Beat era. The Beats were a literary and cultural phenomenon originating in New York City in the 1940s that reached worldwide significance. Although its most well-known figures are Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, the Beat movement radiates out to encompass a rich diversity of figures and texts that merit further study. Consummate innovators, the Beats had a profound effect not only on the direction of American literature, but also on models of socio-political critique that would become more widespread in the 1960s and beyond. Bringing together the most influential Beat scholars writing today, this Companion provides a comprehensive exploration of the Beat movement, asking critical questions about its associated figures and arguing for their importance to postwar American letters.