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  William S. Burroughs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Burroughs attended John Burroughs School in St. Louis, and The Los Alamos Ranch School in New Mexico, but was expelled from the latter because staff had found private journals concerning a budding erotic attachment to another boy.
Burroughs, Ginsberg and Herbert Huncke in ‘The Bunker’, 1979.
Burroughs is often called one of the greatest and most influential writers of the 20th century; others, however, consider him overrated.
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 Kids.net.au - Encyclopedia William S. Burroughs -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Burroughs' mother, Laura Lee Burroughs, was the daughter of a distinguished minister whose family claimed to be descendants of Robert E. Lee.
On September 6, 1951 in Mexico City, Burroughs accidentally shot and killed his wife during a drunken attempt to imitate William Tell[?]'s feat of shooting an apple off his son's head and was charged with criminal imprudence.
Burroughs moved to London in the early 1960s and published extensively in small underground magazines, also working on a large manuscript that was published in two parts, "The Wild Boys" and "Port of Saints." He also interacted with like-minded writers such as Alexander Trocchi and Jeff Nuttall[?].
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 William Seward Burroughs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William Seward Burroughs (January 28, 1857 - September 14, 1898) was an American inventor, born in Rochester, New York.
Initially a bank clerk, he invented a "calculating machine" designed to calculate the area of fur skins.
He was the grandfather of William S. Burroughs the writer.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/William_Seward_Burroughs   (102 words)

 William S. Burroughs
William Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri, the grandson of the inventor of the Burroughs adding machine.
Although Burroughs collaborated on a humorous sketch with a classmat, Kells Elvins, at Harvard and completed a short novel written in the style of Dashiell Hammett with Kerouac, both works were rejected by publishers, and Burroughs did not think of himself as a writer.
Burroughs has said that the death of his wife gave him a literary vocation.
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Burroughs was a literary outlaw to some, an apostle to drugs and obscenity to others, but few would deny that Burroughs left his mark on American culture.
Burroughs is a beat legend, played guru, or teacher, to Kerouac and Ginsberg, has played with drugs, pistols, human life, human consciousness, a quicksilver daredevil with an extra-high IQ.
Burroughs' writing is based on oral 'routines', satiric or surreal monologues which later grow, expand, implode and fold in on themselves to produce the finished books".
www.fb10.uni-bremen.de /anglistik/kerkhoff/beatgeneration/Burroughs.htm   (550 words)

 Inventor of the Week: Archive
William Seward Burroughs, inventor of the first workable adding machine, was born in rural New York in 1855.
William Joseph E. Boyer, a St. Louis manufacturer who had supported Burroughs' efforts for many years, became president of the American Arithmometer Company in 1902.
In 1953 the Burroughs Adding Machine Company was renamed the Burroughs Corporation, a name more reflective of their broad scope of products, which began to include computers.
web.mit.edu /invent/iow/burroughs.html   (421 words)

 Last Words: the Final Journals of William Burroughs
For Burroughs is elegist of the Dead Roads, scribe of the Western Lands which are bordered by the rivers of death.
Burroughs is standing over her, wearing his fedora and a long grey trench-coat.
Burroughs ponders the mystery of how the functional beauty of cats co-exists with the meaningless hideousness of his old foe, the centipede.
www.culturecourt.com /Br.Paul/lit/LastWords.html   (1268 words)

 Hot Ink
Burroughs came to confront what is essential in the act of art -- it used to be called "a harrowing of the soul" -- and make that the art itself.
Burroughs' romance is a rotting excresence -- full of urban despair, poverty, madness, ho mosexual throbbings, narcotics, the fraternity of thieves and loveless transients.
Burroughs was the poete maudit, whose true place was among the wretched, in the underworld of cities, in the places of the dead and dying.
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 The Cut-up Page: resources on the cut-up technique of William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Tristan Tzara and David Bowie, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Burroughs originated from an American familyfamily family, which by the invention of the Arithometers (the first calculating machine, which was to be served over keys) became wealthy.
Burroughs: "pages with text are cut out and again joined, in order to result in a new combination of words and pictures; that is, the page is cut brought with the shears, usually into four sections, and then into a new order...
Burroughs ' effect extended rather to the Popkultur and was in the literature, based on its contentwise and formal innovation, smaller pronounced.
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 Guardian Unlimited Books | Authors | Burroughs, Willliam
The cut-up technique can make mid-period Burroughs taste over-chewed (if you've read Naked Lunch, then you've read The Soft Machine), but his last major work, the 80s Western Lands trilogy, was praised for its new discipline and narrative accessibility (while still including plenty of homoerotic cowboys, Egyptian gods and putrefying giant insects).
As the ultimate rebel, Burroughs was the god of rock gods from Patti Smith to Kurt Cobain, and his bitterly laconic spoken-word recordings are worth a listen.
Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs by Ted Morgan is compulsive and well-researched; Burroughs's Letters are in the pipeline.
books.guardian.co.uk /authors/author/0,5917,-29,00.html   (328 words)

 Shooting Joan (Vollmer) Burroughs: William S. Burroughs at home, Lawrence, KS: Photographs William Burroughs with cat, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
A divorce occurred before William began the ill-fated relationship with Joan Vollmer Burroughs, the relationship that ended with her death in the infamous "William Tell" shooting in Mexico City.
But William Burroughs' time, his history, is in the past - he is already a classic writer, with much of the shock-value gone.
William Burroughs stood on his porch and waved good-bye as I got into my van and started to drive away to James Grauerholz's house to stay the night.
www.ku.edu /heritage/beats/shootingjoan.html   (1267 words)

 Creek renamed in Burroughs' honor | LJWorld.com
Burroughs and the high-profile nature of the case, the board members probably had thought about it many times well before the meeting," Payne said.
In addition to his literary accomplishments, Burroughs was a drug addict, a bisexual, and in his younger years shot and killed his wife during a party stunt.
For longtime Burroughs friend and estate executor James Grauerholz, the re-naming of the creek was not so much about celebrating Burroughs' lifestyle as it was about his literary contributions and importance to Lawrence's history.
ljworld.com /section/burroughs/story/171264   (743 words)

 St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: William S. Burroughs
During the 1950s, William S. Burroughs blazed many trails to and from the elucidation of human suffering, and his obsession with the means to this end became an enduring facet of popular culture.
Born William Seward Burroughs February 5,; 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri,; he was the son of a wealthy family (his grandfather invented the Burroughs adding machine) and lived a quiet mid-Western childhood.
Burroughs was soon regarded as the Godfather of the Beat Generation,; a demographic that came of age during World War II while Bill was out looking for dope, and which aimed to plumb the depths of existence in post-modern America.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_bio/ai_2419200158   (908 words)

 William Burroughs
As only Burroughs could, he wrote up his account of taking the oily, nauseating drink followed by the retching spasms, convulsions, and loss of consciousness as a mind-expanding experience.
The trouble was he soon found that although the yage vine was readily available it took a certain finesse to properly extract the drug from the bark, and furthermore it quickly lost its potency if stored.
Burroughs detractors wonder why people would be willing to buy books that were composed of randomly constructed sentences, but Bill was quick to point out the process wasn't totally random.
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 DOOM PATROLS, Chapter 10, William Burroughs
Burroughs suggests that not just language, but "the whole quality of human consciousness, as expressed in male and female, is basically a virus mechanism." This is not to claim, in the manner of De Saussure and certain foolish poststructuralists, that all thought is linguistic, or that social reality is constituted exclusively through language.
Burroughs describes language (or sexuality, or any form of consciousness) as "the human virus." All our mechanisms of reproduction follow the viral logic according to which life produces death, and death in turn lives off life.
Burroughs instead proposes a stranger, more radical strategy: "As you know inoculation is the weapon of choice against virus and inoculation can only be effected through exposure." For all good remedies are homeopathic.
www.dhalgren.com /Doom/ch10.html   (2913 words)

Burroughs identified less with the world of the artist than with the world of the criminal.
Burroughs' introduction to this world occurred when he met a street-wise criminal who exerted an important influence on the Beat Generation vortex, Herbert Huncke.
Burroughs' literary style is experimental and his stories and characters represent one vision of what post-psychedelic humanity will be like.
www.cosmicbaseball.com /burroug7.html   (1016 words)

 William S. Burroughs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Portraits of Burroughs by Allen Ginsberg, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Herb Ritts, and Kate Simon are displayed, as are works by other artists that provide a context for Burroughs's own work.
Like Samuel Coleridge's mariner, Burroughs is a wanderer telling everyone who cares to listen that we are destroying the world we live in, that we have become very nasty in the process, and that we have progressed on the evolutionary ladder as much as we will.
Like William Gibson's neuromancer, he has surfed the boundless realms of cyberspace and virtual reality and has returned with an alternative to the limits of space and time.
www.spress.de /author/burroughs/visart/default/page.htm   (995 words)

 St. Louis Walk of Fame - William Burroughs
Born at 4664 Pershing Ave., William Burroughs attended Community School and John Burroughs School.
During World War II, Burroughs met Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, forming the core of the "Beat Generation." An author and visual artist, he is best-known for his writing, which is radically unconventional in technique and content.
Burroughs was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1983.
www.stlouiswalkoffame.org /inductees/william-burroughs.html   (100 words)

 William S. Burroughs
Burroughs produced the bulk of his writing after he moved to London and took an apomorphine cure under the direction of Dr John Dent.
In the mid-1940s Burroughs befriended with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, with whom he would be linked as key figures in the Beat Movement.
Their son William Burroughs III died at the age of 32 from drink and drug abuse.
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 LitKicks: William S. Burroughs
Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914 in St.
Pursued by the law for his drug activities, Burroughs took Joan and the children to Mexico, and it was there that he committed the thoughtless act that would change his life.
Their son went to live with Burroughs' parents, and Burroughs wandered the world from South America to Tangier.
www.litkicks.com /BeatPages/page.jsp?what=WilliamSBurroughs   (1217 words)

 William S Burroughs: The Biography Project
William Seward Burroughs II was born 5 February 1914, in St.
Burroughs is arrested in New Orleans for possession of drugs, elects not to stand trial, moves family to Mexico City in 1949.
Burroughs' son, Billy, dies in a ditch after a hard and lonely life on 3 March 1981.
www.popsubculture.com /pop/bio_project/william_s_burroughs.html   (1518 words)

 William Burroughs Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Burroughs was the quintessential anti-hero of the so called Beat Generation.
Burroughs was a lifelong heroin user and an unrepentant dope fiend.
Burroughs' dry humor and biting sarcasm are his trademarks.
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 William S. Burroughs
William Seward Burroughs was the grandson of the founder of the Burroughs Adding Machine company, which evolved into the Burroughs Corporation and not too long ago merged with Sperry Univac to form Unisys.
Burroughs followed this by a similar study of his homosexuality, 'Queer,' but this was too much even for the pulps, and would not be published for decades.
By this time Burroughs had already relocated to East Texas to try to live as a farmer, growing oranges, cotton and marijuana.
www.beatmuseum.org /burroughs/williamsburroughs.html   (984 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Queer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Burroughs claims in the introduction that just reading the words and putting it down is very painful for him, but he did it so that he could move forward.
Burroughs is witty in his way (there's a great line about Allerton being untalented at removing people from an occupied space in his life), but because his writing is so permeated with drunks and lascivious characters, you sometimes wonder whether his wittiness is apparent even to him.
Burroughs' cast of characters and scenes in the early part of the book show an underside of Mexico City that is likely long gone.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0140083898?v=glance   (2179 words)

 U B U W E B :: William S. Burroughs
During the 1960s, William Burroughs was in Europe and England.
Burroughs had quit the States in 1953 exactly because he foresaw these police-state conditions.
The development of all the early cut-up techniques was a pure collaboration between Gysin and Burroughs.
www.ubu.com /sound/burroughs.html   (810 words)

 William S. Burroughs and Cut-up   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Gysin and Burroughs wanted to introduce the spontaneity and chance of the collage to the written word, and so they developed and utilized the Cut-up technique.
Burroughs states correctly that all writing is in fact Cut-ups.
As a writer, in particular a fiction writer, your inspirations come from many sources: a description of a woman's face comes from the cashier at the post office, a character's name taken from your friend's cat, a line taken from an issue of Legends and a plot twist from Shakespeare.
www.legendsmagazine.net /104/william.htm   (679 words)

 Salon | J.G. Ballard on William S. Burroughs' naked truth
William Burroughs was someone who was suspicious of language and words, but his whole life was defined by them.
I think Burroughs was very much aware of the way in which language could be manipulated to mean absolutely the opposite of what it seems to mean.
Burroughs roamed around the world throughout his youth and middle age without ever really stopping anywhere for very long.
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 Multimedia – From Wagner to Virtual Reality
It was William Burroughs preoccupation with the deconstruction of words and language, most notably through the cut-up and fold-in techniques that he began to develop in 1959 with artist Byron Gysin, which constitutes his most significant contribution to the fragmentary, non-linear approach to contemporary narrative.
Borrowing from the collage technique of visual artists, his method links fragments of texts in surprising juxtapositions, offering unexpected leaps into uncharted territories that attempt to jar and ultimately transform the consciousness of the reader.
For Burroughs, narrative operates as a vast, multi-threaded network that reflects the associative tendencies of the mind, collapsing the boundaries of time and space, drawing attention to previously undetected connections, drawing attention to the links between disparate ideas and elements.
www.artmuseum.net /w2vr/timeline/Burroughs.html   (171 words)

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