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Does the Catcher in the Rye belongs to the beat generation?

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That is a good question. I think the best way to answer your question is to look at some dates. The beat generation refers to an American post Word War II movement in the 1950s. This movement espoused freedom in various areas, such as experimentation with drugs, rejection of things mainstream, like materialism, and a foray into Eastern religion. Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac are some of the most famous writers of this movement.

The Catcher and the Rye was published in 1951 and became a...

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