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About Allen Ginsberg

ALLEN GINSBERG was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, a son of Naomi Ginsberg and lyric poet Louis Ginsberg. In 1956 he published his signal poem "Howl," which overcame censorship trials to become one of the most widely read poems in the century.

Allen Ginsberg's most recent books include Collected Poems: 1947-1980, the annotated Howl, White Shroud: Poems 1980-1985, and Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992.

A member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters, awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 1993, and cofounder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world, Allen Ginsberg lives on New York's Lower East Side.

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For more bio info, check out the profile of Ginsberg written by Levi Asher in Literary Kicks.


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Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992
Copyright1994 by Allen Ginsberg (HarperCollins Publishers, 1994)
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