William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible

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Virgin, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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Repackaged and refreshed, this seminal biography of a counter-cultural icon is re-issued to form a core part of the Virgin backlist: "[Miles's] mastery of Beat Generation know-how must surely be unrivalled."
--Sunday Telegraph

Iconoclast; visionary; homosexual crusader; drug advocate; teacher and elder statesman to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and the Beats; anti-hero guru to each successive counter-culture generation: William 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 a male brothel and wrote his celebrated bestsellerNaked Lunch-- inNewsweek'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.

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Review: William S. Burroughs - A Life

User Review  - Mark Woods - Goodreads

What I don't know after reading this about the ex pat bachelors scene in Tangiers in 1950s just really isn't worth knowing. Warts and all biography, sometimes literally so..All in all a four star ... Read full review

Review: William S. Burroughs - A Life

User Review  - Mr_wormwood - Goodreads

such a great biography, I never realised how Burroughs life and his art are so closely entwined, it was fascinating to learn a so much more about both. Read full review

About the author (2002)

Barry Miles is a bestselling author of numerous biographies and cultural histories of the Beat Generation luminaries, The Beatles, the sixties movements and its musicians. He lives in London.

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