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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It is way of life. The Definitive Text of “Junk.

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

Touchstones Works Junky by William S. My wife grabbed the spoon and threw the junk on the floor. Kick is momentary freedom from the claims of the ageing, cautious, nagging, frightened flesh. Views Read Edit View history. The Penguin edition also includes an appreciation of Junky written by Alan Ginsbergbesides a glossary, letters and excerpts which were cut from the original manuscript, such as a long passage about Wilhelm Reich ‘s theory of confexsions, etc in six appendices.

Numerous reprints of the book appeared in the s and s once Burroughs achieved notability with Naked Lunchwith the work now credited under his real name. Junky Penguin Modern Classics Author s: Burroughs was the perfect incarnation of late 20th-century western angst precisely because he was an addict. For, in describing addiction as “a way of life”, Burroughs makes of the hypodermic a microscope, through which he can examine the soul of man under late 20th-century capitalism.

David Bruce and Watson Availability: This cover illustration is, in fact, just that: About Junky by William S. However, to my mind this rings false with the way he characterised his life, and his writing, thereafter: For the protection of the reader, we have inserted occasional parenthetical notes to indicate where the author clearly departs from accepted medical fact or makes other unsubstantiated statements in an effort to justify his actions.


Coke hit my head, a pleasant dizziness and tension, while the morphine spread through my body in relaxing waves. Burroughs never managed to recover from his addiction at all, and died in physically dependent on the synthetic opiate methadone. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. There were others in the room. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist.

By the time Burroughs was living in Tangier in the unreceemed s, his sense of being little more than a cipher, or a fictional construct, had become so plangent that he practised unrexeemed art of insubstantiality with true zeal, revelling in the moniker “El Hombre Invisible”. Letters to a Young Novelist. Retrieved from ” https: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The distant, dry, laconic tone of the narrator is balanced by the openness and honesty of the story.

The definitive text of ‘Junk’ Finished reading: Just as — if you turn to his glossary of junk lingo and jive talk — you will see how many arcane drug terms have metastasised into the vigorous language.

But his pen has been dipped in an acid of strange lustre, and some of his unrdeeemed pictures are vignettes of compelling artistry. 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.

On the Road Jack Kerouac. According to the original introduction Burroughs had written Am with the intention to enlighten readers about the true life of “junk user” and separating “junk” from the mystery surrounding it. Junky Penguin Essentials Author s: But this is more than the story of a drug addict. He went further, hypothesising that such an entity might devise the modern, psychological conception of possession as a function of the subject’s own psyche: The Junmie Bums Jack Kerouac.

The two-books-in-one format was not uncommon in s America, but besides the obvious similarity in subject matter, AA Wyn, Burroughs’ aaddict, felt that he had to balance such an unapologetic account of drug addiction with an abridgement of the memoirs of a Federal Bureau of Narcotics agent, which originally appeared in However, in the Prologue Burroughs gives an all but sketchy impression of his life leading up to his life as a “junk”.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Junk wins by default” — is a deceptively thin, Pandora’s portfolio of an idea that raises the question: In the final paragraph of Junky he writes: The subtitle of the work was Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict. At least three recordings have been issued featuring readings from this book. The definitive text of ‘Junk’ was Burroughs ‘ official debut in This page was last edited on 19 Marchat Burroughs himself described it as “the accidental shooting death”; and although he jumped bail, he was only convicted — in absentia by the Mexican court — of homicide.

Besides encouraging Burroughs to write, he worked as editor and agent as the manuscript was written in Mexico City.

But I don’t mean it as justification or deterrent or anything but an accurate account of what I experienced while I was on the junk. Ginsberg soothed Burroughs’s indignation at the necessary edits, and was able to finally place the novel with the New York publishing house.

William Burroughs – the original Junkie | Books | The Guardian

Queerthe companion piece to Junkiewas written at the same time and parts of it were designed to be included in Junkiesince the first manuscript was dismissed as poorly written and lacking in interest and insight. Burroughs chose to use the pseudonym “William Lee”, Lee being his mother’s maiden name, for the writing credit. In the prologue to Junky and the introduction to The Naked LunchBurroughs writes of his own addiction as if it were a thing afdict the past, but this was never the case.