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William S. Burroughs was born in 1914. His first published novel was the largely autobiographical Junky, which remains a classic depiction of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures and relapses he was victim to for most of his life. In 1951, in a drunken William Tell stunt, he accidentally shot and killed his common-law wife. He is most famous for his use of the 'cut-up' technique of writing and the novel Naked Lunch. His other major works included Queer, Exterminator! The 'Nova Trilogy' (The Soft Machine, Nova Express and The Ticket That Exploded) and the 'Red Night Trilogy' (Cities of the Red Night, The Place of Dead Roads and The Western Lands). He died in 1997.

Books by William S. Burroughs

Junky: Popular Penguins
The Finger
Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch
The Place Of Dead Roads
The Ticket That Exploded
The Soft Machine
Rub Out The Words
Nova Express
Cities Of The Red Night
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks
The Wild Boys
The Yage Letters