Iconoclast; visionary; homosexual crusader; drug advocate; teacher and elder statesman to Jack Kracouac, Allen Ginsberg and the Beats; anti-hero guru to each successive counter-culture generation: Willaim Burroughs remains one of the most complex and controversial American writers of the twentieth century.
A longtime heroin addict, Burroughs preferred to live abroad, away from America's Draconian drug laws.
After killing his wife in a bizarre shooting accident, he moved to Tangier where he lived in male brothel and wrote his celebrated bestseller Naked Lunch - in Newsweek's words 'A masterpiece.
A cry from Hell' - as a series of letters to Allen Ginsberg.
He lived at the Beat Hotel in Paris and spent a decade in London before returning as prodigal son to New York in 1974 after 25 years of self imposed exile.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, 1x8 b/w illustration section
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/09/2002
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780753507070