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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 »


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Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch Writer
The Junky's Christmas
Drugstore Cowboy
Thanksgiving Prayer


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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 Ah Pook Is Here (Short)
 1993 The Junky's Christmas (Short) (story)
 1993 Drug-Taking and the Arts (Documentary) (novel "The Naked Lunch")
 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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Restored and expanded 50th-anniversary edition of "Junkie" published. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

William Burroughs | William Lee


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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One very important aspect of art is that it makes people aware of what they know and don't know they know... Once the breakthrough is made, there is a permanent expansion of awareness. But there is always a reaction of rage, of outrage, at the first breakthrough... So the artist, then, expands awareness. And once the breakthrough is made, this becomes part of the general awareness. See more »


The acknowledgment given to him at the end of the film Blade Runner (1982) was for legal reasons. He had written a screenplay with an identical title (and completely different storyline), but it was never put into production. See more »


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


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