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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User Review  - Parker Douglas - Goodreads

This is one of the better Burroughs biographies. It assumes familiarity with the author's works, and takes Burroughs fascination with scientology and other of his quirky detours seriously and give a nice reading of the author and his work, for a biography that is really entertaining. Read full review

Review: William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible

User Review  - Goodreads

This is one of the better Burroughs biographies. It assumes familiarity with the author's works, and takes Burroughs fascination with scientology and other of his quirky detours seriously and give a nice reading of the author and his work, for a biography that is really entertaining. 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 theIndica Gallery, the counterculturalart gallery where John Lennon and Yoko Ono first met.

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