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Call Me Burroughs: A Life

 
 
Author
Barry Miles.
Publisher Twelve  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.4 x 2.05 inches
ISBN 9781455511952
Pages/Publication Date 718/2013
Daedalus Item Code 54277
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Notorious for his bohemian lifestyle and admired for such novels as Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs spent most of his 83 years very much in the public eye. Drawing upon extensive research and interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, Barry Miles follows the countercultural icon from his 1914 birth in St. Louis to his introduction to gay culture at Harvard, and from his accidental killing of his wife in Mexico to Burroughs's stint at the "Beat Hotel" in Paris, to take a fresh look at one of America's most influential writers.

"[This biography] is the most intimate portrait to date of one of the 20th century's most complicated, troubled, and influential figures. Miles's deep knowledge of the man and the work also provides a cultural history of the scene in Tangiers in the 1950s, the Beat era, and the emerging Punk scene in New York in the 1980s. It is a compelling biography and social history unlike any other."—Ira Silverberg

 
 
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