Originally written in 1952 but not published until 1985, Queer is an enigma—both an unflinching autobiographical self-portrait and a coruscatingly political novel, Burroughs' only realist love story and a montage of comic-grotesque fantasies that paved the way for his masterpiece, Naked Lunch.
Edited from the original manuscripts and introduced by renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris, Queer is a haunting tale of possession and exorcism, a key to the Burroughsian oeuvre, and a novel with a history of secrets.
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About the Author
Oliver Harris is editor of The Letters of William S. Burroughs, 1945-1959, Junky: The Definitive Text of 'Junk', The Yage Letters Redux, Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs, and Queer: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition. Professor fo American Literature at Keele University and President of the European Beat Studies Network, he is the author of the critical study William Burroughs adn teh Secret of Fascination. He is currently re-edtiing Burroughs's cut-up trilogy The Soft Machine, The Ticket That Exploded, Nova Express (forthcoming in 2014).
Date of Birth:February 4, 1914
Date of Death:August 2, 1997
Place of Birth:St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Death:Lawrence, Kansas
Education:Los Alamos Ranch School; A.B., Harvard University, 1936; graduate study, 1938