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 »

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(age 83) in Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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

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 2014 William S. Burroughs Birthday Bash (Documentary) (writer)
 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 William Burroughs: Thanksgiving Prayer (Video short) (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)
 1983 Taking Tiger Mountain (story "Bladerunner")
 1982 The Discipline of D.E. (Short) (short story)
 1980 Intercut (Short) (book)
 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:

(April 22 to June 11, 2006) He wrote the text for the musical, "The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Tom Waits was composer and lyricist. Robert Wilson was director, scenic and lighting designer. Frida Parmeggiani was costume designer. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

William Burroughs | William Lee

Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)
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Personal Quote:

A simopath - the technical name for this disorder escapes me - is a citizen convinced that he is an ape or other simian. It is a disorder peculiar to the army, and discharge cures it. See more »

Trivia:

In 1937, while studying medicine in Germany, he agreed to marry a German Jewish woman named Ilse Herzfeld Klapper so she could escape Nazi persecution and become a U.S. citizen. They never lived together, separating immediately upon entering the U.S., but remained friends, meeting weekly for lunch. Burroughs formally divorced her nine years later so he could marry his second wife, Joan. 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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