The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs
Beats in South Texas
By (author) Rob Johnson
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Lost Years of William S. Burroughs by Rob Johnson
Book DescriptionThe sometimes raunchy, often legally dubious New York and Mexican exploits of William S. Burroughs, one of the godfathers of the "Beat" generation, are well known. Less familiar are his experiences in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, where for several years he was a cotton farmer (while avoiding the law in New York). This intriguing chapter in the famous author's life is thoroughly recounted for the first time in Rob Johnson's new book. From 1946 to 1949, Bill Burroughs prepared himself for the writing of his first books by, among other pursuits, raising marijuana and opium poppies and entertaining Beat visitors such as Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady at his farm in New Waverly, Texas. Less known, though, are stories about his other farm, a "serious" fifty-acre spread, in the Valley near Edinburg, described in the 1977 edition of "Junky". Here, he raised legal crops such as cotton, carrots, and peas. Other Beat writers move casually in and out of the narrative, which includes the "William Tell" episode in Mexico in which Burroughs fatally shot his wife, who had placed a drink glass on her head as a target.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781585445479
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Texas A & M University Press
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Rob Johnson
Rob Johnson is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas-Pan American. With a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, he specializes in the study of Mexican-American writers, the Beat Generation, and Southern writers.
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