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Description - William Burroughs by Barry Miles

Iconoclast; visionary; homosexual crusader; drug advocate; teacher and elder statesman to the Beats- William Burroughs remains one of the most complex and controversial American writers of the twentieth century. After killing his wife in a bizarre shooting accident, Burroughs moved to Tangier where he lived in a male brothel and wrote his celebrated bestseller Naked Lunch - in Newsweek's words 'A masterpiece. A cry from Hell' and spent much of the rest of his life in self-imposed exile from the United States. Following Burroughs' death in August 1997, Barry Miles updated his riveting, highly readable and unconventional biography of this legendary provocateur and all-round thorn in the side of the establishment.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780753507070
ISBN-10: 0753507072
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 18mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Virgin Books
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Barry Miles

Barry Miles is a bestselling author of numerous biographies and cultural histories of the Beat Generation luminaries, The Beatles, the sixties movements and its musicians. He lives in London.

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