Lew Welch

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Birthday
16, 1926
Birthplace
Arizona
Death Date
May 1, 1971 (44)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
16, 1926
Birthplace
Arizona
Death Date
May 1, 1971 (44)

About

Beat generation poet and author whose works include Ring of Bone: Collected Poems and How I Work as a Poet. He is thought to have committed suicide in 1971, though his body was never located.

Before Fame

He worked as a copywriter in New York City and later studied English and philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Trivia

He was Jack Kerouac's inspiration for the character of Dave in the beatnik novel Big Sur.

Family Life

He had a common-law marriage with a Polish refugee named Magda Cregg.

Associated With

He was influenced by the work of Gertrude Stein.