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beat movement

beat movement Term derived from John Clellon Holmes' novel Go (1952) and applied to a group of US writers in the 1950s, who rejected middle-class values and commercialism. They also experimented with different states of perception through drugs and meditation. The group included the poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the novelists Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

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