Entitled Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict and authored pseudonymously by “William Lee” (Burroughs’ mother’s maiden. Junkie by William Lee – book cover, description, publication history. Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict (Junky) A novel by William Lee ( William S. New York: Ace Books, No. D First Edition, a paperback original. INSCRIBED by Burroughs, once on the title page of Junkie: For Allen De Loach / With.

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An open homosexual and a drug addict, his quintessentially Midwestern libertarianism led him to eschew any command economy of ethics, while his personal inclinations meant he had to travel with distastefully socialist and liberal fellows.

His first published work, it is semi-autobiographical and focuses on Burroughs’ life as a drug user and dealer. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Ginsberg found Burroughs a publisher through Carl Solomon, whom he had met at the psychiatric hospital to which Ginsberg was sent in by a judge following the latter’s trial for receiving stolen goods. With Junkyalso spelled JunkieWilliam S.

Junkie (novel) – Wikipedia

Throughout, there are flashes of Burroughs’s fierce originality, acutely graphic description, and agonizingly candid confessions: The subtitle of the work was Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict. Yet, were De Quincey wrote in the vein of dream-phantasy, ‘Junkie’ is pitilessly factual and hard-boiled. The introduction by Oliver Harris provides many interesting details about the publication history of Junky including the various suggested titles and publishers’ deliberations rejecting Burroughs ‘ original title.

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Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. Literary Centennials 47 members messages You must be a member of this group to post. Although it was long considered Burroughs’ first novel, he had in fact several years earlier completed a manuscript called And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks with Kerouac, but this work would remain unpublished in its entirety until I belabour these events for two reasons.


He knew the gun to shoot low, and what would have happened to the glass shards even if he had succeeded? The story takes on a more personal tone when the narrator leaves New York.

After many rejection letters, Burroughs stopped writing. Besides encouraging Burroughs to write, he worked as editor and agent as the manuscript was written in Mexico City. We realized that here was a document which could forearm the public more effectively than jinkie yet printed about the drug menace.

Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. According to the original introduction Burroughs had written Junky with the intention to enlighten readers about the true life of “junk user” and separating “junk” from the mystery surrounding it.

1914: William S. Burroughs – Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict

Janus-faced, and like some terminally cadaverous butler, Burroughs ushers in the new society of kicks for insight as well as kicks’ sake. Coke hit my head, a pleasant dizziness and tension, while the morphine spread through my body in relaxing waves. Surely only one for whom alienation, and a lack of either moral or spiritual direction, was inbuilt.

It has come to be considered a seminal text on the lifestyle of heroin addicts in the early s. David Bruce and Watson Availability: Having secured the publisher’s interest, Ginsberg forced Burroughs to revisit the text.

Certainly, the hypothesis of murderous impulsiveness squares better with the impromptu “William Tell act” whereby he called upon Vollmer to place a glass upon her head, which he would then shoot off than his own bewilderment in the face of an act of such cruel stupidity and fatal rashness. Self-deluding, vain, narcissistic, self-obsessed, and yet curiously perceptive about the sickness of the world if not his own malaise, Burroughs both offered up and was compelled to provide his psyche as a form of Petri dish, within which were cultured the obsessive and compulsive viruses of modernity.


The Definitive Text of “Junk” Author s: It is Burroughs’ own denial of the nature of his addiction that makes this book capable of being read as a fiendish parable of modern alienation.

William Burroughs – the original Junkie

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. For Burroughs, the re-evaluation was both discount and markup, and perhaps it was this that made him such a great avatar of the emergent counterculture.

William S Burroughs Publisher: Post Office Charles Bukowski. Burroughs chose to use the pseudonym “William Lee”, Lee being his mother’s maiden name, for the writing credit. William Lee the name of the author and of all persons appearing in this book are disguised is an unrepentant, unredeemed drug addict.

Some time in the late s or early s, Burroughs recorded an extensive passage from the book which was issued on a record album. Xonfessions has never been a criminal confession better calculated to discourage imitiation by thrilling hungry teen-agers.

First, because I think an understanding of the milieu within which Burroughs and Vollmer operated, and the nature of their life together, is essential in disentangling the post hoc mythologising of the writer and his life from the very grim reality of active drug addiction that constitutes the action of Junky. The definitive text of ‘Junk’ is published with a long introduction by Oliver Harris and includes various parts and appendixes which were cofessions from the original manuscript.

With his anomic inclinations and his Mandarin intellect, he was in a paradoxical position vis a vis the coming cultural revolution of the s. Burroughspublished initially under the pseudonym William Lee in