Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 3, 1926. His father, Louis Ginsberg, was a published poet and a high school teacher. His mother, Naomi, was a radical Communist, paranoid, psychotic, and died in a mental institution in 1956. Ginsberg also had a brother who became a lawyer in Paterson, New Jersey. Ginsberg’s childhood was very complicated. Ginsberg’s mother only trusted him and thought that the rest of the family and
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stated that between Howl and Kaddish, Ginsberg lost his humor and gained a kind of horror which even he could not adapt to. Ginsberg also won the National Arts Club Gold Medal for lifetime achievement, and a National Book Award. Ginsberg carried on an active social schedule until his death, April 5, 1997. At the age of 71 Ginsberg died of liver cancer. He was regarded as the Walt Whitman and the William Carlos Williams of his generation.