Famous beatnik poet and National Book Award recipient best known for his controversial 1956 work, "Howl."
He spent his teens submitting politically-themed letters to "The New York Times," and he went on to attend Columbia University, where he frequently published in the campus literary journal.
His work, "Howl," was at one point banned in the United States because of its controversial subject matter.
He began a long-term relationship with Peter Orlovsky in 1954.
He was influenced by the poetic work of Walt Whitman.
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