The Beat Generation

Pages: 224
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld

The Beat Generation

A Beginner's Guide

Christopher Gair

This absorbing guide introduces the work of ‘the Beats', assessing the lives which inspired their semi-autobiographical writing, and examining their monumental influence upon modern popular culture.

The Book

The Beat Generation were a radical group of American writers whose relaxed, gritty and candid writing inspired generations. In his chronicle of the origins, adventures, and inner workings of the Beat movement, Christopher Gair reveals how it sparked one of the most important revolutions in American literature, influencing everything from bebop to the Beastie Boys.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 224
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Christopher Gair is a Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Glasgow. His books include The American Counterculture (2007).


"The special merit of Christopher Gair's supremely intelligent study is its awareness that the Beats still attract attention for extra literary reasons."

- American Studies, Journal of