Call Me Burroughs: A Life

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  • Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, "William Burroughs is the only American novelist
    living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such
    individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media. Burroughs wrote novels, memoirs,
    technical manuals, and poetry. He painted, made collages, took thousands of photographs, produced hundreds of hours of
    experimental recordings, acted in movies, and recorded more CDs than most rock bands. Burroughs was the original cult
    figure of the Beat Movement, and with the publication of his novel Naked Lunch, which was originally banned for
    obscenity, he became a guru to the 60s youth counterculture. In CALL ME BURROUGHS, biographer and Beat historian Barry
    Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century-and the first one to
    chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy.
    Written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and drawing from countless interviews with figures like Allen
    Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, CALL ME BURROUGHS is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets
    to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject.


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