William S. Burroughs (1914–1997)


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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

(1989)
Naked Lunch Writer
(1991)
Elephant Voice (text excerpts)
(2003)
(1983)

Filmography

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 2021 Cineficción Radio (Podcast Series) (novel "Naked Lunch" - 1 episode)
- David Cronenberg (2021) ... (novel "Naked Lunch")
 2014 William S. Burroughs Birthday Bash (Documentary) (writer)
 2013 One Night at the Aristo (Short) (based on short story by)
 2012 The Black Meat (Short) (novel Naked Lunch)
 2009 Nova Express (novel)
 2008 Naked Lunch (Short) (written by)
 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)
 1994 The Junky's Christmas (Short) (story)
 1993 Drug-Taking and the Arts (Documentary) (novel "The Naked Lunch")
 1991 William Burroughs: Thanksgiving Prayer (Music Video) (text by)
 1991 Naked Lunch (novel)
 1990 The Black Rider (TV Movie) (by - as William Burroughs) / (libretto - as William Burroughs)
 1989 Drugstore Cowboy (additional dialogue - uncredited)
 1984 The Final Academy Documents (Video documentary) (script)
 1983 Taking Tiger Mountain (additional material from "Bladerunner" by) / (writer)
 1982 The Discipline of D.E. (Short) (short story)
 1980 Intercut (Short) (book)
 1974 Album 1 (texts - as William Burroughs)
 1966 The Cut Ups (Short) (story)
 1966 Towers Open Fire (Short) (writer)
 1963 William Buys a Parrot (Documentary short) (writer)
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Other Works:

Restored and expanded version of "Naked Lunch" published. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 6 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

William Burroughs | William Lee

Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Spouse:

Ilse Herzfeld Klapper | See more »
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Personal Quote:

If you wish to alter or annihilate a pyramid of numbers in a serial relation, you alter or remove the bottom number. If we wish to annihilate the junk pyramid, we must start with the bottom of the pyramid: the Addict in the Street, and stop tilting quixotically for the "higher ups" so called, all of whom are immediately replaceable. The addict in the street who must have junk to live is the one ... 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:

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