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Alan Ginsburg explores his youth and learns about himself. He goes through a coming of age in his early twenties and describes the intimate details of his sex and drug use. In his depiction of his sex and drug use, Ginsburg grows up and learns to accept himself. He is a homosexual and this was a difficult thing for him to accept. His novel ends with self revelation of who he is and an allusion to his future happiness.
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Plot & Themes

Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   drugs Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   gay guy Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   male homosexuality How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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