About the Author
William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was one of the foremost writers of the Beat Generation. He is best known for his experimental novel Naked Lunch, a subversive and highly controversial book that underwent a court case under the U.S. sodomy laws. In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France. In addition to writing, he also collaborated on numerous projects and recordings.
Date of Birth:February 4, 1914
Date of Death:August 2, 1997
Place of Birth:St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Death:Lawrence, Kansas
Education:Los Alamos Ranch School; A.B., Harvard University, 1936; graduate study, 1938