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William S Burroughs


USA flag (1914 - 1997)
Father of William S Burroughs Jr

aka William Lee

William Seward Burroughs Jnr. always looked like the straight man among the Beat Generation, but his writing - violent, satirical, scatological, pornographic - makes the others look tame.Burroughs was born into middle-class respectability and after studying English at Harvard and medicine in Vienna, trained as a glider pilot with the American military but was discharged as unfit for service in 1942. While working in the New York shipyards he became addicted to heroin.His first book Junkie: confessions of an unredeemed drug addict was published under the pseudonym William Lee in 1953. His next novel Naked Lunch, 1959, was banned in the USA and first published by Maurice Girodias in Paris. It eventually came out in Britain in 1964. His later work became less outlandish.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Science Fiction
 
Novels
   Junkie (1953) (as by William Lee)
     aka Junky
   Naked Lunch (1959)
   Exterminator! (1960) (with Brion Gysin)
   Minutes To Go (1960) (with Sinclair Beilles, Gregory Corso and Brion Gysin)
   Dead Fingers Talk (1963)
   The Last Words of Dutch Schultz (1970)
   The Wild Boys (1971)
   Port of Saints (1975)
   The Book of Breathing (1980)
     aka Ah Pook is Here
   Queer (1985)
   And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (2008) (with Jack Kerouac)
   Rules of Duel (2010) (with Graham Masterton)
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Collections
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Plays
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Novellas
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Short Stories
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Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by William S Burroughs
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Short stories
The Ghost Lemurs of Madagascar (1987)
Ruski (1988)
Death Fiend Guerillas (1993)Bram Stoker (nominee)


Awards
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1966) : Nova Express
Bram Stoker Best Short Story nominee (1994) : Death Fiend Guerillas


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