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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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Uphill
2018 - Uphill (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781642982008
ISBN-10: 1642982008
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Qigong Meridian Self Massage Complete Program for Improved Health Pain Annihilation and Swift Healing
2014 - Qigong Meridian Self Massage Complete Program for Improved Health Pain Annihilation and Swift Healing [Chi Powers for Modern Age - Volume 5] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781502932525
ISBN-10: 1502932520
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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Integrated Wireless Propagation Models
A Historical Context Analysis of Changes in Content Management Ideology
IBM Business Analytics and Cloud Computing Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud
The Days of the Son of Man A History of the Church in the Time of Our Lord
Daniel Defoe His Life and Recently Discovered Writings Extending from 1716 to 1729 Volume 3
Three Introductory Lectures on Ecclesiastical History
2010 - Three Introductory Lectures on Ecclesiastical History [Talbot Collection of British Pamphlets] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781153179218
ISBN-10: 1153179210
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Daniel Defoe His Life and Recently Discovered Writings Extending from 1716 to 1729 Volume 2
Daniel Defoe His Life and Recently Discovered Writings Extending from 1716 to 1729 by W Lee His Life and Recently Discovered Writings Extending from 1716 to 1729
The Inspiration of Holy Scripture Its Nature and Proof Eight Discrouses Preached Before the University of Dublin
Summary of Experience On Disease and Comparative Rates of Mortality
2010 - Summary of Experience on Disease and Comparative Rates of Mortality (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141008117
ISBN-10: 1141008114
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Letters of William Lee Sheriff and Alderman of London
2010 - Letters of William Lee Sheriff and Alderman of London (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151852670
ISBN-10: 1151852678
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The Inspiration of Holy Scripture Its Nature and Proof Eight Discourses Preached Before the University of Dublin
On the Speculative Difficulties of Professing Christians
2009 - On the Speculative Difficulties of Professing Christians [by W. Lee] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151724298
ISBN-10: 1151724297
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Letters of William Lee
2009 - Letters of William Lee [3] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150455629
ISBN-10: 1150455624
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Historical Notes of Haydon Bridge and District
2009 - Historical Notes of Haydon Bridge and District (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150220586
ISBN-10: 1150220589
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A History of the Church in the Time of our Lord
2009 - A History of the Church in the Time of Our Lord (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781117626567
ISBN-10: 1117626563
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Letters of William Lee 1766-1783 [Eyewitness accounts of the American Revolution. Series III] (Other)