The 1960s marked a transformative period in literature, characterised by a seismic shift towards experimentation, social commentary, and cultural upheaval. Traditional literary boundaries blurred as writers embraced innovative forms, themes, and styles, reflecting the tumultuous spirit of the era. The Beat Generation challenged conventions with raw, stream-of-consciousness prose, while the countercultural movement sparked a wave of activism and dissent. Literature became a powerful vehicle for addressing issues of race, gender, and identity, with authors such as Baldwin, Morrison, and Vonnegut reshaping the literary landscape. The 1960s heralded a new era of literary exploration, where voices previously marginalised found expression and resonance.

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