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Gary Snyder
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    (May 8, 1930- )
    Born in San Francisco, California
    Wrote poetry collections ‘Riprap’ (1959), ‘The Back Country’ (1967), ‘Turtle Island’ (1974), ‘Axe Handles’ (1983), ‘No Nature’ (1992) and ‘Danger on the Peaks’ (2004)
    Has written several essays about Buddhism and environmental issues
    Won Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1975)
    Although often classified as a Beat writer, he admits he was never sure what ‘Beat’ meant.
    He said by age seven he had read more than most eighteen-year-olds.
    With Allen Ginsberg, he advocated the widespread use of LSD (he later regretted this).
    He was married four times and is a self-confessed womanizer.
    He considered becoming a Buddhist monk but decided he lacked the self-discipline.
    He called Jack Kerouac a ‘casualty’ of the Beat Generation.
    He dropped out of graduate school to ‘sink or swim’ as a poet.
    He has worked as a logger, forest ranger, carpenter and seaman.
    Unlike many Beat writers, he did not drink or use drugs excessively.
    He studied Zen Buddhism for twelve years in Japan.
    He has been an ardent environmentalist since the 1950s.
    His poems about the natural world are direct and accessible.

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