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The Best of William S. Burroughs is a four-disc box set that contains several readings from Burroughs' most famous works, including excerpts from Naked Lunch. Burroughs' raspy, crackled voice was ideally suited to his surreal cut-and-paste narratives, and while it may be better to read his actual prose, this is an ideal spoken-word collection of his works.


Born: 05 February 1914 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The elder statesman of literature's Beat Generation -- and, by extension, of the American underground culture -- few figures outside of the musical sphere exerted a greater influence over rock & roll than novelist William S. Burroughs. A provocative, controversial figure famed for his unique cut-up prose aesthetic, Burroughs lived the rock lifestyle years before the music itself was even created; the ultimate outsider, he existed on the dark fringes of society in a haze of drugs, guns, and violence,...
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