William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible

William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible

by Barry Miles
     
 

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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

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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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"Especially valuable for its coverage of the complex textual history of Burroughs's work."  —Library Journal

"Affable and affectionate. . . . Miles is best when considering the genesis and intermingling of Burroughs's fiction and nonfiction."  —Publishers Weekly

"There can be no more effective introduction."  —Q Magazine

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this affable and affectionate biography, Miles ( Allen Ginsberg ), a friend of Burroughs since 1964, covers the controversial writer's addictions, idiosyncrasies and personal relationships, as well as his writings. Drawing on Burroughs's correspondences and on his own experiences with him, Miles gives only a cursory account of Burroughs's early life in St. Louis, where he was born in 1914, and his years in Latin America, Paris, Tangiers and London. But he updates other biographies with a chapter on Burroughs's life in Lawrence, Kansas, where he settled in 1984, and with a discussion of his impact on modern culture. Miles is best when considering the genesis and intermingling of Burroughs's fiction and nonfiction. Photos not seen by PW . (Aug.)
Library Journal
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 Outlaw ( LJ 10/15/88), and Jennie Skerl's introductory volume, William Burroughs (Twayne, 1985). Miles traces autobiographical parallels in Burroughs's work and examines his friendships with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Brion Gysin, among others. He details Burroughs's influence in rock and film circles within the general framework of his growing critical acclaim. Miles's book is especially valuable for its coverage of the complex textual history of Burroughs's work. The final chapter includes an evaluation of his ``shotgun art.'' Recommended for contemporary literature collections.-- William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753507070
Publisher:
Virgin Books
Publication date:
05/28/2011
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Barry Miles is the author of many seminal books on popular culture, including The Beatles: A DiaryThe 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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