He was, quite simply, the godfather of the "Beat generation" whose experimental novel "Naked Lunch" unleashed an obscenity trial because of the book’s violence and explicit sex.
First published in 1959, the book was also controversial because of this man’s writing style. He wrote it without standard narrative prose, using abrupt transitions, placed the chapters in random order and wrote in a stream-of-consciousness.
But by the early 1970s, this writer had almost disappeared from the literary scene while living in London. His influence began to grow again when he returned to New York City in 1974.
Shortly after his return, he met James Grauerholz, who became his secretary and began renewing this writer’s career by scheduling readings across the country and in Europe. Grauerholz, who went to school at the University of Kansas, persuaded the godfather of the beat generation to move to Lawrence in 1981.
Once in Kansas, the godfather began to write more conventional narratives and branched out in other art forms.
Question: So, who is this?
Answer to Tuesday’s question: The Kansas mystery writer who created the Nero Wolfe series was Rex Stout.
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