by William S. Burroughs


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140050035
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1979
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,256,703
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was an American author, painter, and spoken-word performer who has had a wide-ranging influence on American culture. Jack Kerouac called him the "greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift." Norman Mailer declared him "the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius." A postmodernist and a key figure of the beat generation, he focused his art on a relentless subversion of the moral, political, and economic conventions of modern American society, as reflected in his often darkly humorous and sardonic satire. He wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six short-story collections, and four collections of essays. No fewer than five books of his interviews and correspondence have been published. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians and made many appearances in films. He was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1983 and in the following year was appointed to the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.

Date of Birth:

February 4, 1914

Date of Death:

August 2, 1997

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri

Place of Death:

Lawrence, Kansas


Los Alamos Ranch School; A.B., Harvard University, 1936; graduate study, 1938

Table of Contents

The Lemon Kid9
Short Trip Home15
Davy Jones17
The Evening News20
Astronaut's Return22
My Face28
Wind Die. You Die. We Die36
End of the Line46
The Drums of Death50
"Johnny 23"52
The Discipline of DE55
The Perfect Servant68
Ali's Smile74
Twilight's Last Gleamings85
The Coming of the Purple Better One93
"What Washington? What Orders?"110
From Here to Eternity115
The Teacher119
They Do Not Always Remember133
Seeing Red141
Old Movie143
The "Priest" They Called Him156
My Legs Senor160
The End162
Cold Lost Marbles168

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