William Burroughs Naked Lunch, And The Electric Revolution

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Register to read the introduction… As stated in Beat Down to Your Soul, "He started out in the 1940s as a founding member of the ‘Beat Generation,' the electric revolution in art and manners that kicked off the counter-culture…" (Charters 132), but his writing extended beyond the Beat label. Burroughs was born in Missouri to a rather wealthy family; it was his desire to not follow in the footsteps of his family and become heir of the Burroughs Corporation. After getting through school, he went to Harvard where he unhappily experimented with both his sexuality and drugs before graduating. He later moved to New York, and there he met and befriended both Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. William Burroughs also involved himself with a woman called Joan Vollmer Adams, although the relationship never really flourished – in fact, according to Beat Writers at Work, Burroughs regarded females "…in general as a grotesque mistake of nature" (Plimpton 152) that oppressed the ideas of men. This was mostly due to an inclination towards his own gender. Burroughs was best known for writings detailing a personal (and eventually fatal) involvement with drugs. His cult classic, Naked Lunch, is one …show more content…
Considered the "King of the Beats", he "…believed that the first draft was always the best one and emphasized spontaneity above all else," (146) according to Barry Miles. Kerouac was born in Massachusetts to a middle-class family, and moved to New York after getting accepted to Columbia University. There he met William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, and developed his skills as a writer. Kerouac was noted for writing mostly fictional autobiographies and relating his writing to his own life experiences. Unfortunately, this prolific writer died in 1969 at the age of forty-seven due to excessive

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