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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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Known For

Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch Writer
(1991)
The Junky's Christmas
(1993)
Drugstore Cowboy
(1989)
Thanksgiving Prayer
(1991)

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 2012 The Black Meat (Short) (novel Naked Lunch)
 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 Ah Pook Is Here (Short)
 1993 The Junky's Christmas (Short) (story)
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 1982 The Discipline of D.E. (Short) (short story)
 1980 Intercut (Short) (book)
 1966 The Cut Ups (Short) (story)
 1963 Towers Open Fire (Short) (writer)
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Other Works:

(1980s) Album: Double LP "You're the Guy I Want to Spend My Money With" w/Laurie Anderson, John Giorno. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

William Burroughs | William Lee

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

If civilized countries want to return to Druid Hanging Rites in the Sacred Grove or to drink blood with the Aztecs and feed their Gods with the blood of human sacrifice, let them see what they actually eat and drink. Let them see what is on the end of that long newspaper spoon." -- "Naked Lunch See more »

Trivia:

Did not start writing until he was 39 years old. 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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