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William S. Burroughs
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William Seward Burroughs II was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century". His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. He was born to a wealthy family in St. Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee. Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence. He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna. [More at Wikipedia]
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February 5th, 1914 in St. Louis  /  Died:   Aug 2nd, 1997 - aged 83
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AlmaMater : Harvard_University
BirthYear : 1914
BirthMonthAndDay : 02-05
BirthDate : 1914-02-05
BirthPlace : St._Louis
Child : William_S._Burroughs,_Jr.
DeathDate : 1997-08-02
DeathPlace : Lawrence,_Kansas
DeathYear : 1997
Genre : Satire
Genre : Paranoid_fiction
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LccnId : n/79/26862
Movement : Beat_Generation
Movement : Postmodern_literature
NotableWork : Naked_Lunch
Pseudonym : "William Lee
Relative : William_Seward_Burroughs_I
Relative : Ivy_Lee
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