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William Burroughs was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1914. A Harvard drop-out, Burroughs lived in Mexico, Tangier and the UK, and was a heroin addict for many years. Immensely William Burroughs was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1914. A Harvard drop-out, Burroughs lived in Mexico, Tangier and the UK, and was a heroin addict for many years. Immensely influential among the Beat writers of the 1950s - notably Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg - he already had an underground reputation before the appearance of his first important book, 'Naked Lunch'. Originally published by the daring and influential Olympia Press (the original publishers of Henry Miller) in France in 1959, it aroused great controversy on publication and was not available in the US until 1962 and in the UK until 1964. The book was adapted for film by David Cronenberg in 1991. William Burroughs died in 1997.
`Where are the snows of yesteryear. And the speedballs I useta know? Well, I guess it's time for my Ovaltine and a long good night.' In 1996 William Burroughs began writing a final journal. He died the following summer after a life of notoriety: godfather of the Beat writers, author of thirteen controversial novels, druggy, dangerous and bleak. Spanning the realms of personal memoir, cultural criticism and fiction, Burroughs' diaries include anecdotes and memories, entries on his beloved cats and the joys of housekeeping, and musings on drug-taking, humanity and government cover-ups. `Last Words' contains some of the most brutally personal prose in the William Burroughs canon, and the deaths of his friends, Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary, provide a window onto his own preparations for death - a quest for absolution marked by a profound sense of guilt and loss.
William Burroughs was one of post-war America's most controversial and influential writers. This is the authoritative, indispensable anthology of his greatest work. Beginning early in William Burroughs' career with `Junky', `Queer' and a novel co-authored with Jack Kerouac, `Word Virus' follows his trajectory through the major novels - including `Naked Lunch' - to his final book, `My Education', a series of meditations on his own extraordinary dream life. Biographical prefaces to each chapter, and an introductory essay by Beat historian Ann Douglas, provide invaluable context to this collection of the very best of William Burroughs, a unique and visionary writer.
A highly authoritative, yet accessible guide to the world's climate, its effects and its future. Lively illuminating text from an expert author combines with specially commissioned illustrations and colour photographs to make complex ideas easy to understand. Feature articles explore dramatic or controversial aspects of the climate - from the explosive outpourings of volcanoes to the disasters wreaked by hurricanes. The author looks to the future to present all sides of the debate over climate change and its possible implications for humanity as well as to the past to reveal how the climate has changed over the centuries.