Kenneth Rexroth (December 22, 1905 – June 6, 1982) was an American poet, translator and critical essayist. He is regarded as a central figure in the San Francisco Renaissance, and paved the groundwork for the movement.
Bertrand Russell (Trellech, 1872) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist. In the early 20th century, Russell led the British "revolt against idealism". He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore, and his protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. His philosophical essay "On Denoting" has been considered a "paradigm of philosophy". His work has had a…
Upton Sinclair, author of The Jungle, King Coal, and many other novels about industrialization, went undercover as a factory worker for seven weeks in order to accurately portray the horrors of the meatpacking industry. His commitment to helping workers was totally sexy.
Irwin Allen Ginsberg (/ˈɡɪnzbərɡ/; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression and was known as embodying various aspects of this counterculture, such as his views on drugs, hostility to bureaucracy and openness to Eastern religions. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem "Howl",