This week in history: “Howl” has literary merit, not obscene

In the reputedly quiescent Eisenhower 1950s, it was risky business to publish an erotic poem that feverishly explored gay sex, drug use and mental illness amid a nightmarish world of nuclear bombs and materialistic conformity. The work of the Beat Generation poets heralded the emergence of pent-up frustration with Cold War politics, Jim Crow racism … Continue reading This week in history: “Howl” has literary merit, not obscene