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Regarded as the foremost poet of the Beat generation (a group of rebellious writers who opposed conformity and sought intensity of experience), Ginsberg's work is concerned with many subjects of contemporary interest, including drugs, sexual confusion, the voluntary poverty of the artist and rebel, and rejection of society. He is a poet with a significant message, and his criticism of American society is part of a long tradition of American writers who have questioned their country's values. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Ginsberg won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1974 for The Fall of America: Poems of These States, 1965-1971.