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William S. Burroughs (1914–1997)


William S. Burroughs, one of the three seminal writers of the Beat Generation (the other two being his friends Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg), was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 5, 1914, to the son of the founder of the Burroughs Adding Machine Co. He grew up in patrician surroundings and attended private school in Los Alamos, New ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 83) in Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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 2012 The Black Meat (Short) (novel Naked Lunch)
 2009 Nova Express (novel)
 2008 The Japanese Sandman (Short) (written by)
 2005 Ghost at No. 9 (Documentary short)
 2001 The Last Words of Dutch Schultz (Short) (book "The Last Words of Dutch Schultz: A Fiction in the Form of a Film Script")
 1994 Drug-Taking and the Arts (Documentary) (novel "The Naked Lunch")
 1994 Ah Pook Is Here (Short)
 1993 The Junky's Christmas (Short) (story)
 1991 Thanksgiving Prayer (Short) (text by)
 1991 Naked Lunch (novel)
 1990 The Black Rider (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1989 Drugstore Cowboy (additional dialogue - uncredited)
 1983 Taking Tiger Mountain (story "Bladerunner")
 1982 The Discipline of D.E. (Short) (short story)
 1966 The Cut Ups (Short) (story)
 1963 Towers Open Fire (Short) (writer)
 1963 William Buys a Parrot (Documentary short) (writer)
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Other Works:

Spoken Word Recording: "The Doctor is On the Market" See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

William Burroughs | William Lee

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

The road to the western lands is by far the most heavily guarded and therefore most dangerous road in all the world. See more »

Trivia:

In 1951 Burroughs and his common-law wife Joan got drunk at a party in Mexico City, where they were living (he was a heroin addict and she was addicted to Benzedrine, and drugs were easier to come by in Mexico). They decided to do a "William Tell" act with Joan balancing a glass on her head and Burroughs shooting it off with a gun. He missed and Joan was killed. This incident was later worked ... See more »

Trademark:

Gravelly voice, a fedora tipped to the right with heavy glasses and dark, sardonic sense of humor.

Nickname:

Il hombre invisible See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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