Tuesday, 2 February 2010

William Burroughs

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Krazy Kut Up King reads from "Towers Open Fire" via the magic of Crazy Talk software.

"William Seward Burroughs II was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 5, 1914. Educated at public schools, he went on to study at Harvard. He had the same name as his grandfather, the inventor of the famous Burroughs adding machine. He traveled and studied in Europe after graduation, then worked for an advertising agency in New York City. Later, he joined the army, and took odd jobs in Chicago.

Late in his 20s, he returned to New York and got married. Through his wife, he met the writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. The three friends launched the Beat Generation, a group of prominent American writers in the 1950s, later called "beatniks." He died from heart failure, August 2, 1997, aged 83."


C.J.Duffy said...

Junkie is one of the best books I have read.

Nessa said...

My education is sorely lacking some of these books.

Poor Tuesday

wastedpapiers said...

I dont think Ive ever read any Burroughs either- just small segments. I read some Jack Kerouac - On The Road etc. thats about my limit of "the Beats" . It was obligotory at art school ofcourse along with Gunter Grass, Mervyn Peake and Tolkein.