The Beat Generation consisted of bohemian creatives of the 1950s and ’60s and started in New York City. Beatniks were apart of an underground movement that thrived on poetry and jazz music. They were also known to take part in narcotics and petty theft, which further fueled their lifestyle. Their style and place in society could be comparable to the group we call “hipsters” today, but Beatniks left their own mark on American culture.
So Who Were These Mysterious, Literary Free Spirits?
Just before the hippies of the ’60s and ’70s waved their tie-dye flags declaring love, the Beat Generation burst onto the scene and crafted some of the most renowned works of literature in the history of America.