Burrows and the drug culture book

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burrows and the drug culture book

William S. Burroughs, Outlaw and Beat | The New Yorker

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Burroughs Collecting. I find myself returning to it again and again. For all the poetry I read, I actually know very few lines from memory, but these two lines by Olson I have taken to heart. They speak central truths to me, and since everything relates to William Burroughs, they speak them of Burroughs as well. Even those only casually aware of Burroughs and his work know three things about him. He wrote Naked Lunch ; he was a drug addict; he shot his wife William-Tell-style and killed her. These are the three simple facts of Burroughs; these are the most familiar aspects of his biography.

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'.

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 Since, in the hysterical, anti-drug culture of postwar America, potential censure could easily induce self-censorship, it's remarkable that Junky as it was published under his own name found a publisher at all. Both Junkie and Narcotic Agent have covers of beautiful garishness, featuring s damsels in distress. This cover illustration is, in fact, just that: an illustration of a scene described by Burroughs in the book.

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William S. Burroughs on Drugs (junkie) Lit (lecture & interv. excerpts)

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.


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