Thursday, February 5, 2009

And the beat goes on . . .

A birthday salute to William Seward Burroughs II (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997), avant-garde author and one of the primary voices of the Beat Generation

He is best known as the author of Naked Lunch, an extremely controversial work.  The book, in its early publication, was banned in many regions of the United States.  

The banning did not stop the readership, as the novel was included in Time magazine's "100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005".

William S. Burroughs II has been referred to as one of the greatest and most influential writers of the twentieth century. He was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1984.

"There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks." - William Seward Burroughs II

William S. Burroughs lecture on public discourse
(August 11, 1980)

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