William S. Burroughs

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William S. Burroughs


Born
in St. Louis, Missouri, The United States
February 05, 1914

Died
August 02, 1997

Genre

Influences


William Seward Burroughs II, (also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century". His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and ...more

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“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. ”
William S. Burroughs

“There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.”
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“Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.”
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