Questions tagged [william-s-burroughs]

For questions about the works of William S. Burroughs and his life as a writer.

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What does this passage mean from Burroughs' "Naked Lunch"?

In the opening chapter of Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, the first-person narrator is telling a story to an "advertising exec type fruit" on the New York subway, and in the middle of ...
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Why is Naked Lunch by Burroughs so groundbreaking and recognized as a literary milestone by prominent authors that succeeded its publication?

Why is Naked Lunch by Burroughs so groundbreaking and recognized as a literary milestone by prominent authors that succeeded its publication? I've recently finished it and although I found it ...
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What effect did William S. Burroughs's killing of his own wife have on his work?

William S. Burroughs, postmodernist author of the "Beat Generation", killed his own wife in Mexico City after a wild party with Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg. How did this affect his subsequent work?...