William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible

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Virgin, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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"Miles familiarizes even old close readers with a fine map of Burroughs' mind." --Allen Ginsberg 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--this is a portait of a man who remains one of the most complex and controversial American writers of the 20th century. 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. Following Burroughs' death in August 1997, Barry Miles updated his riveting, unconventional biography of this legendary provocateur.

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WILLIAM BURROUGHS: El Hombre Invisible

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Fawning and klutzy, with the critical and grammatical skills of the average college sophomore book report (``Just because Burroughs appropriates characters or even chunks of text from someone else's ... Read full review

William Burroughs: el hombre invisible: a portrait

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In his latest work, Miles ( Ginsberg: A Biography , Simon & Schuster, 1989) turns his attention to William Burroughs. His book falls somewhere between Ted Morgan's comprehensive biography, Literary ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Barry Miles is the author of many seminal books on popular culture, including The Beatles: A Diary, The British Invasion, Charles Bukowski, Hippie, the official biography Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, Peace: 50 Years of Protest, and Zappa: A Biography. In the 1960s he was co-owner of the Indica Gallery, the countercultural art gallery where John Lennon and Yoko Ono first met.

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