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Call me Burroughs : a Life

Author: Barry Miles
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, 'William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.' Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media. Burroughs wrote novels, memoirs, technical manuals, and poetry. He painted, made collages, took thousands of photographs, produced  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: William S Burroughs; William S Burroughs; William S Burroughs; William S Burroughs; William S Burroughs
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Miles
ISBN: 9781455511952 1455511951 9781455511938 1455511935
OCLC Number: 861554600
Description: xviii, 718 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Book 1. An education --
Book 2. The Beat generation --
Book 3. Down Mexico way --
Book 4. The classic stations of the Earth --
Book 5. The City of light --
Book 6. London town --
Book 7. Burlington Billy --
Book 8. The prodigal son returns --
Book 9. Return to roots.
Responsibility: Barry Miles.

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"Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, 'William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.' Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media. Burroughs wrote novels, memoirs, technical manuals, and poetry. He painted, made collages, took thousands of photographs, produced hundreds of hours of experimental recordings, acted in movies, and recorded more CDs than most rock bands. Burroughs was the original cult figure of the Beat Movement, and with the publication of his novel Naked Lunch, which was originally banned for obscenity, he became a guru to the 60s youth counterculture. In Call me Burroughs, biographer and Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century-and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy. Written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and drawing from countless interviews with figures like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, Call me Burroughs is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject."--Publisher information.

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