William S. Burroughs

Born 5 February 1914. Died 2 August 1997
William S. Burroughs
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1914-02-05
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William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs Biography (Wikipedia)

William Seward Burroughs II (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American writer and visual artist. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. He was also briefly known by the pen name William Lee. Burroughs created and exhibited thousands of paintings and other visual art works, including his celebrated 'Gunshot Paintings'.

He was born into a wealthy family in St. Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee. Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence, but did not begin publicizing his writing until his thirties. He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna. In 1942 Burroughs enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve during World War II, but was turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and Navy, after which he picked up the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs. In 1943, while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and out of their mutual influence grew the foundation of the Beat Generation, which was later a defining influence on the 1960s counterculture.

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I was fooling around with these tapes in hotels
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I was fooling around with these tapes in hotels
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The Piper Pulled Down The Sky (extract)
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The Piper Pulled Down The Sky (extract)
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23 Skidoo
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23 Skidoo
Ian Sommerville, William S. Burroughs & William S. Burroughs
Silver Smoke Of Dreams
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Silver Smoke Of Dreams

Silver Smoke Of Dreams

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Ian Sommerville, William S. Burroughs & William S. Burroughs
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A Thanksgiving Prayer
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A Thanksgiving Prayer
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musical tribute
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musical tribute
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The Lord's Prayer
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The Lord's Prayer
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Words & Advice
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Words & Advice
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