William Burroughs - A Life. by Barry Miles : Uk 1st edition hardback - signed

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Condition : New : Signed by Miles on the titles page on one of his visits to the shop.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W&N (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 736 pages Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.2 x 4.9 x 24 cm

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Publisher’s Blurb :

Authoritative biography of cult writer William Burroughs (1914-1997).

It has been 50 years since Norman Mailer asserted, ‘I think that William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.’ This assessment holds true today. No-one since then has taken such risks in their writing, developed such individual radical political ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media – Burroughs has written novels, memoirs, technical manuals and poetry, he has painted, made collages, taken thousands of photographs, made visual scrapbooks, produced hundreds of hours of experimental tapes, acted in movies and recorded more CDs than most rock groups.

Made a cult figure by the publication of NAKED LUNCH, Burroughs was a mentor to the 1960s youth culture. Underground papers referred to him as ‘Uncle Bill’ and he ranked alongside Bob Dylan and the Beatles, Buckminster Fuller and R.D. Laing as one of the ‘gurus’ of the youth movement who might just have the secret of the universe.

Based upon extensive research, this biography paints a new portrait of Burroughs, making him real to the reader and showing how he was perceived by his contemporaries in all his guises – from icily distant to voluble drunk. It shows how his writing was very much influenced by his life situation and by the people he met on his travels around America and Europe. He was, beneath it all, a man torn by emotions: his guilt at not visiting his doting mother; his despair at not responding to reconciliation attempts from his father; his distance from his brother; the huge void that separated him from his son; and above all his killing of his wife, Joan Vollmer.

Postage & Packing is at cost & it is calculated and emailed after checkout as a separate invoice. Or email for a postage quote prior to checkout – and P&P inclusive invoice can be sent. Postage is slightly cheaper when paid by online banking (no Paypal deductions). Preferred payment method: Wise Bank • Account Holder = PoPT Acc95602862 Sort 231470 Outside UK : IBAN GB03 TRWI 2314 7095 6028 62

 

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Condition : New : Signed by Miles on the titles page on one of his visits to the shop.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W&N (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 736 pages Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.2 x 4.9 x 24 cm

Search “Burroughs” for more stock items.

Publisher’s Blurb :

Authoritative biography of cult writer William Burroughs (1914-1997).

It has been 50 years since Norman Mailer asserted, ‘I think that William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.’ This assessment holds true today. No-one since then has taken such risks in their writing, developed such individual radical political ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media – Burroughs has written novels, memoirs, technical manuals and poetry, he has painted, made collages, taken thousands of photographs, made visual scrapbooks, produced hundreds of hours of experimental tapes, acted in movies and recorded more CDs than most rock groups.

Made a cult figure by the publication of NAKED LUNCH, Burroughs was a mentor to the 1960s youth culture. Underground papers referred to him as ‘Uncle Bill’ and he ranked alongside Bob Dylan and the Beatles, Buckminster Fuller and R.D. Laing as one of the ‘gurus’ of the youth movement who might just have the secret of the universe.

Based upon extensive research, this biography paints a new portrait of Burroughs, making him real to the reader and showing how he was perceived by his contemporaries in all his guises – from icily distant to voluble drunk. It shows how his writing was very much influenced by his life situation and by the people he met on his travels around America and Europe. He was, beneath it all, a man torn by emotions: his guilt at not visiting his doting mother; his despair at not responding to reconciliation attempts from his father; his distance from his brother; the huge void that separated him from his son; and above all his killing of his wife, Joan Vollmer.

Postage & Packing is at cost & it is calculated and emailed after checkout as a separate invoice. Or email for a postage quote prior to checkout – and P&P inclusive invoice can be sent. Postage is slightly cheaper when paid by online banking (no Paypal deductions). Preferred payment method: Wise Bank • Account Holder = PoPT Acc95602862 Sort 231470 Outside UK : IBAN GB03 TRWI 2314 7095 6028 62

 

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