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"I had not taken a bath in a year nor changed my clothes or removed them except to stick a needle every hour in the fibrous grey wooden flesh of heroin addiction. I did absolutely nothing." -- William S. Burroughs
William Seward Burroughs II ( — ; , also known by his pen name William Lee) was an American novelist, poet, essayist and spoken word performer. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author who affected popular culture as well as literature. He is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the twentieth century." 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. Burroughs also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.

He was born to a wealthy family in St. Louis, Missouri, grandson of the founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee. Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence. He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, but after being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and U.S. Navy to serve in World War II, dropped out and spent the next twenty years working a variety of jobs. In 1943 while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the foundation of what became the countercultural movement of the literary Beat Generation. His first novel was co-written with Kerouac in 1945: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks.

Much of Burroughs's work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, a condition that marked the last fifty years of his life, as he lived throughout South America, Mexico City, London, Paris and Tangier in Morocco. He found success with his confessional first novel, Junkie (1953). Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the "greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift," a reputation he owes to his sardonic observances and "lifelong subversion" of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society. In this respect, he is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Lunch (1959). He also popularized the literary cut-up technique in works such as The Nova Trilogy (1961-64). In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France. J. G. Ballard considered him to be "the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War", while Norman Mailer declared him "the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius."

Burroughs had one child in 1947, William Seward Burroughs III, with his second wife Joan Vollmer, who died in 1951 in Mexico City after Burroughs accidentally shot her in the head while drunk. Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas after suffering a heart attack in 1997.

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Total Books: 249
Everything Lost The Latin American Notebook of William S Burroughs
Lost  Found The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Series V
2015 - Lost Found the Cuny Poetics Document Initiative Series V (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780988894549
ISBN-10: 0988894548
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Soft Machine The Restored Text
2014 - The Soft Machine the Restored Text (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780802122117
ISBN-10: 0802122116
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Nova Express The Restored Text
2014 - Nova Express the Restored Text (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780802122087
ISBN-10: 0802122086
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Ticket That Exploded The Restored Text
2014 - The Ticket That Exploded the Restored Text (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780802122094
ISBN-10: 0802122094
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Adding Machine
2013 - The Adding Machine (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780802121950
ISBN-10: 0802121950
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Naked Lunch
2013 - Naked Lunch (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780802122070
ISBN-10: 0802122078
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Self-Help, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Rules Of Duel
2013 - Rules of Duel (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781845838560
ISBN-10: 1845838564
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Spoken Word William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin
2013 - The Spoken Word William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin [British Library - British Library Sound Archive] (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780712351249
ISBN-10: 0712351248
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Junky The Definitive Text of Junk
2012 - Junky the Definitive Text of Junk (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780802120427
ISBN-10: 0802120423
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Ah Pook Is Here/Observed While Falling
2012 - Ah Pook Is Here/observed While Falling [Slipcased Edition - Two Book Set] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781606994450
ISBN-10: 160699445X
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Rub Out the Words The Letters of William S Burroughs 1959-1974
Rub Out the Words  The Letters of William S Burroughs 1959-1974
2012 - Rub Out the Words the Letters of William S Burroughs 1959-1974 [Larger Print] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780062088864
ISBN-10: 0062088866
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
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Queer 25th-Anniversary Edition
2010 - Queer 25th-anniversary Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143117834
ISBN-10: 0143117831
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Rebels  Devils The Psychology of Liberation
2010 - Rebels Devils the Psychology of Liberation (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781935150343
ISBN-10: 1935150340
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Blade Runner A Movie
2010 - Blade Runner a Movie (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780912652788
ISBN-10: 0912652780
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
2009 - And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780802144348
ISBN-10: 0802144349
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Naked Lunch The Restored Text
2009 - Naked Lunch the Restored Text [Library Binding] (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781433259647
ISBN-10: 1433259648
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Junky The Definitive Text of 'Junk'
2008 - Junky the Definitive Text of 'junk' [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780141189826
ISBN-10: 0141189827
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Junky
2008 - Junky [Collection Folio - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782070348824
ISBN-10: 2070348822
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El almuerzo desnudo
2004 - El Almuerzo Desnudo [Compactos Anagrama] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788433920089
ISBN-10: 8433920081
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nonfiction
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2002 - Marica [Contrasenas - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2000 - Conversations with William S Burroughs [Literary Conversations Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
1999 - Word VIrus the William Burroughs Reader [Flamingo Modern Classic] (Paperback)
1987 - Ticket That Exploded [Paladin Bks.] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1985 - Place of Dead Roads [Calderbooks] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1984 - Speed (Hardcover)Paperback
1970 - Soft Machine [Calderbooks] (Paperback)Paperback
Western Lands The [Picador Books - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
Dead Fingers Talk [by the author of Naked Lunch] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
Le Scnario Du [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
Paper Cloud Thick Pages [Art Random Series, No 102] (Hardcover)
Yonqui [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Yonki [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Maquina Blanda La [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
Tiquet Que Exploto El [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)