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Thomas Wolfe & Kerouac, etc.

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By Kerouac's own admission, Thomas Wolfe was a huge influence on his early writing style and he modeled his prose for "The Town and the City" after Wolfe.

In terms of other influences on the Beats (specifically Ginsberg) you'd have to include: Hart Crane & William Carlos Williams.

"The Decline of the West" by Oswald Spengler seems to come up a lot in Ginbserg interviews, as well as in the biographies.