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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.