William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs

William Seward Burroughs II (1914-1997) was an American writer and visual artist. Burroughs 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'.

He was born into a wealthy family in St. Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee. Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence but did not begin publicizing his writing until his thirties. He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna. In 1942 Burroughs enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve during World War II, but was turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and Navy, after which he picked up the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of ... (more)

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Speculative Fiction Novels (13)
1990  Interzone
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1987  The Western Lands (Cities of the Night, #3)
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1983  The Place of Dead Roads (Cities of the Night, #2)
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1981  Cities of the Red Night (Cities of the Night, #1)
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1979  Bladerunner (a movie)
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1973  Exterminator!
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1973  Port of Saints
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1971  The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead
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1964  Nova Express (Nova Trilogy, #2)
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1963  Dead Fingers Talk
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1962  The Ticket That Exploded (Nova Trilogy, #3)
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1961  The Soft Machine (Nova Trilogy, #1)
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1959  The Naked Lunch
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Others non-spefi books (2)
1985  Queer
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1953  Junky
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