William S Burroughs: a Life by Barry Miles, review - TelegraphBurroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians and made many appearances in films. He was also briefly known by the pen name William Lee. Burroughs created and exhibited thousands of paintings and other visual artworks, including his celebrated 'Gunshot Paintings'.
Class On Creative Reading - William S. Burroughs - 1/3
E ntitled Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict and authored pseudonymously by "William Lee" Burroughs' mother's maiden name — he didn't look too far for a nom de plume , the Ace original retailed for 35 cents, and as a "Double Book" was bound back-to-back with Narcotic Agent by Maurice Helbrant. The two-books-in-one format was not uncommon in s America, but besides the obvious similarity in subject matter, AA Wyn, Burroughs' publisher, felt that he had to balance such an unapologetic account of drug addiction with an abridgement of the memoirs of a Federal Bureau of Narcotics agent, which originally appeared in
William Burroughs - the original Junkie
Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Error rating book. Refresh and try again.
By Duncan White. William S Burroughs : occult guru; drug-soaked crank; literary genius; dystopian visionary; violent psychopath. No writer of the post-war period has been so thoroughly mythologised. He cut off his own finger, he shot his wife and he took every drug he could find. Skin stretched over his skull, hair side-parted, stiff-postured in his three-piece suit, his unsettling intensity hums in every photographic portrait. The myth was born at the beginning.
Some early reviewers spluttered in horror. The same year, Big Table , a Chicago literary magazine, printed an excerpt, and was barred from the mails by the U. Postal Service. Fears of suppression delayed a stateside publication of the book until , when Grove Press brought out an expanded and revised edition. Or a nine-lived cat.
On the centenary of William Burroughs' birth, Will Self on why he was the perfect Since, in the hysterical, anti-drug culture of postwar America.
read books online and answer questions