Call Me Burroughs: A Life

Call Me Burroughs: A Life

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… (more)

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The New York Times : King of Cool (February 21, 2014)

Miles rightly finds Burroughs’s enduring literary significance in his high-wire reinvention of the picaresque.

“Call Me Burroughs” isn’t a critical biography like Richard Ellmann’s “James Joyce.” But in every other respect, it’s a comparably magisterial work, exactingly researched and fascinating throughout.

For die-hard Burroughs fans, Call Me Burroughs will likely fill in small details of its subject’s life that were left in question. For people looking for an introduction to the man’s life and work, reading his Wikipedia page would save a lot of time.


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Publisher: Twelve (January 28, 2014)

Parent ISBN: 9781455511945

File size: 4 MB

Language: English


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