Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs

Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs

by Ted Morgan
     
 

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“Almost indecently readable . . . captures [Burroughs’s] destructive energy, his ferocious pessimism, and the renegade brilliance of his style.”—VogueSee more details below

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“Almost indecently readable . . . captures [Burroughs’s] destructive energy, his ferocious pessimism, and the renegade brilliance of his style.”—Vogue

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Paul Theroux
“I was captivated. . . . Funny. . . exhaustive . . . clear-sighted.”
Washington Post
“Triumphant. . . . Unsparingly naturalistic reporting at its best.”
Library Journal
In his detailed, highly readable biography, Morgan provides important insights into Burroughs's life and art. He sees the writer as an outlaw, as someone bent on achieving fame even at the cost of becoming infamous. Morgan closely examines Burroughs's life in light of his relationships with family, lovers, and friends, including fellow Beats Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. In fact, if the book has a fault, it is that in its coverage of other Beat figures, the focus occasionally slips off Burroughs. While not a definitive portrait, Morgan's book is an accurate and serviceable biography of one of America's foremost authors. Essential reading for anyone interested in Burroughs, it belongs in all serious literature collections. William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
J.G. Ballard
Reading Ted Morgan's rich and authoritative biography, one constantly feels that Burroughs' fiction, however extreme, is a milder version of his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393342604
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
768
Sales rank:
1,436,677
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Paul Theroux
I was captivated. . . . Funny. . . exhaustive . . . clear-sighted.

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