Ryder smith narrator, mark nelson narrator, andrew garman goodreads author narrator isbn. Burroughs broke into the literary scene with junky sometimes also called junkie, a candid, semiautobiographical account of an unredeemed drug addict. First published as junkie under the pen name of william lee in 1953, i read from two editions, each of which differed slightly. The definitive text of junk kindle edition by burroughs, william s download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. The 1953 ace edition was a double volume, with maurice helbrant s narcotic agent included on the reverse. Burroughs, including the naked lunch, and junky, and more on. Burroughss first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre. Burroughs junkie november 10, 2012 june 16, 2015 freshlyworded junkie by influential beat generation writer william s. Dec 18, 2014 then, burroughs pulls a copy of his 1989 collection of short stories, interzone off of a bookshelf and opens it to the piece called the junkys christmas. Burroughs by via the house published march 9, 2009 updated august 1, 2015 junky, first published in 1952, is one of the first examples of contemporary drug literature. Burroughs 19141997 famously accidentally shot his wife dead in 1951 during a drunken and misguided attempt at william tell shooting an apple off someones head. It is a way of life william burroughs, legendary drug. The definitive text of junk 50th anniversary edition by william s.
Junkie alternative title spelled junky is a 1953 semiautobiographical novel by william s. Junky is burroughs s first book and is written in a very straightforward, almost journalistic, style. The 1957 uk digit edition was withdrawn shortly after publication, and the remaining copies pulped. William burroughs died at his home in lawrence, kansas, after suffering a heart attack in 1997. Oliver harris before his 1959 breakthrough, naked lunch, an unknown william s.
It appears in the 1989 collection interzone and on the 1993 album spare ass annie and other tales. Burroughs 1977, paperback the naked lunch william burroughs paperback very good. Buy junky penguin essentials by burroughs, william s. The story tells how the main character, william lee, goes from a middleclass existence in the midwest to pushingusing drugs in new york city, from morphine to marijuana to cocaine to mainly heroin. This is from the audiobook of junky read by william s. Junky is a novel yet also serves as an autobiographical account of william s. Burroughs, published initially under the pseudonym william lee in 1953. If public schools really wanted kids to abstain from injecting needles in their arms they should drop d. I was digging through boxes of cassettes in the basement, looking for the lost hasil adkins tape which i posted back in february and i came upon a prerecorded two cassette box of burroughs reading from junky. Read junky the definitive text of junk by william s. In 1977 the expurgations of the earlier edition were undone, and the title changed from junkie to junky. Burroughs is the second book ive read as part of a miniproject of mine to examine the place of. All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of its content suppliers and protected by us and international laws.
Burroughs 1999 last words 2000 and the hippos were boiled in their tanks 2008 junky the definitive text of junk william s. This practical and insightful reading guide offers a complete summary and analysis of junkie by william s. Get this book free when you sign up for a 30day trial. From the tenements of new york to the queer bars of new orleans, junky takes the reader into a world at once longforgotten and still with us today. Burroughs and released in 2000 by penguin audiobooks. Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. The definitive text of junk penguin modern classics by burroughs, william s. Burroughs begins an adventure that will take us into the dark recesses of his imagination, a region where nothing is sacred, nothing taboo. This is the first book i read of william s burroughs, i have to say it was a brilliant read, it lets you into the mind of a junkie and how heshe thinks.
Burroughs unique among writers is the fact that he spent a lot of his creative energy not writing, presumably as a way to accomplish his mission of rubbing out the word. It provides a thorough exploration of the novels plot, characters and main themes, including addiction, crime and sexuality. Confessions of an unredeemed drug addict originally titled junk, later released as junky is a novel by american beat generation writer william s. It s safe to say that the book wouldnt have seen the light of day if allen ginsberg hadnt taken burroughs under his wing and edited the manuscript.
It is a short, quick read and a superb glimpse behind the curtains of the fifties counterculture burroughs was friends with beat generation icon jack kerouac. Junkie alternately titled junky is a 1953 semiautobiographical novel by william s. Burroughs junky is edited with an introduction by oliver harris in penguin modern classics. William burroughs audio books, best sellers, author bio. Burroughs, audiobook narrated by andrew garman, mark nelson, t. Then, burroughs pulls a copy of his 1989 collection of short stories, interzone off of a bookshelf and opens it to the piece called the junkys christmas. Burroughs first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. The definitive text of junk 50th anniversary edition. Signin to download and listen to this audiobook today.
Burroughs virtual junky diary is a trip through the author s own selfinflicted and selfinjected personal hell. Feb 01, 2014 the original cover of junkie by william lee second, although the bulk of junky was in place before the killing, burroughs continued to revise the text at least as late as july 1952, including. More than anything else, junky reads like a field guide to the american underworld. Burroughs, published initially under the pseudonym william lee. Junky has 6 available editions to buy at half price books marketplace. Junky audiobook published march th 2003 by recorded books unabridged, audiobook authors. As the black and white film cuts away to claymation, burroughs begins to narrate the sad story of danny, a heroin addicted hustler who finds himself being let out of new york city. This novel tells stories of lurid adventures and serious drug abuseall from the junkies point of view. Although this is absolutely typical of junkyin giving autobiographical details that are entirely accurate, while omitting to provide the keythe question arises. Burroughs is the second book ive read as part of a miniproject of mine to examine the place of the heroin junky in literature. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. He once told a wichita eagle reporter that he was content to live in kansas, saying, the thing i like about kansas is that its not nearly as violent, and its a helluva lot cheaper. William burroughs the original junkie books the guardian.
Burroughs painted, experimented with collage, manipulated tape recordings, collaborated on film projects, toyed with weird contraptions. It is a short, quick read and a superb glimpse behind the curtains of the fifties counterculture burroughs was friends with beat generation icon jack kerouac and junky was championed by allen ginsberg. Junkie by william burroughs, first edition abebooks. Burroughs reads his first novel, junky open culture. It was his first published novel and has come to be considered a seminal text on the lifestyle of heroin addicts in the early 1950s. Its safe to say that the book wouldnt have seen the light of day if allen ginsberg hadnt taken burroughs under his wing and edited the manuscript. Continuing his ferocious verbal assault on hatred, hype, poverty, war, bureaucracy, and addiction in all its forms, burroughs gives us a surreal space odyssey through the wounded galaxies in a book only he could create.
Get 50% off this audiobook at the audiobooksnow online audio book store and download or stream it right to your computer, smartphone or tablet. Contributor internet archive language english originally published as junkie under the pen name of william lee. He had a culpable homicide verdict stuck on him and, in 1953, had junky published. Burroughs virtual junky diary is a trip through the authors own selfinflicted and selfinjected personal hell. Burroughs and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Aug 07, 2012 if youre a fan of william burroughs work, a complete reading of junkie, by william burroughs himself, has recently appeared online, for free. Burroughs cult classic junky is now available for the first time on unabridged audio burroughs first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. For this definitive edition, renowned burroughs scholar oliver harris has gone back to archival typescripts to recreated the authors original text word by word. Reality televisions got nothing on william burroughs. Burroughs this study guide consists of approximately 38 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of junky. We cant think of a more bizarre road to publication than this one. Junky and william burroughs oblique moral vision its apparently impassive descriptions of a heroin addicts life still lay out rights and wrongs pretty plainly.
Burroughs published junky, an irresistible strungout ode to the joys and perversities of drug addiction. The original cover of junkie by william lee second, although the bulk of junky was in place before the killing, burroughs continued to revise the text at least as late as july 1952, including. Six years before he published his breakthrough novel, naked lunch 1959, william s. This book was titled junky after all and was being recommendedlent to me by someone who had earlier reassured me that william s. Burroughs moved to lawrence, kansas, in 1981 and lived the remainder of his life there, at 1927 learnard avenue. Burroughs was a beat generation writer known for his startling, nontraditional accounts of drug culture, most famously in the book naked lunch. Junkie by william burroughs abebooks passion for books. Yes it is quite a sad book but it is a book that i favour over many of todays and it is well worth a read. After many rejections, burroughs kind of gave up on the idea of seeing this book in print. It is a candid eyewitness account of times and places that are now long gone, an unvarnished. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required. In 1953, at the height of american conformism and anticommunist hysteria, william s. This is the first book i read of william s burroughs, i have to say it was a brilliant read, it lets you into the mind of a junkie and how heshe. A shocking expose of the desperate subculture surrounding heroin addiction, william s.
The definitive text of junk penguin modern classics. Jan 25, 2011 the junkys christmas is a story by william s. Louis, missouri on february 5, 1914, to laura lee and mortimer burroughs, grandson and namesake of william s. Get cozy and expand your home library with a large online selection of books at. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Junky and william burroughs oblique moral vision books. The definitive text of junk audiobook by william s. Burroughs is a bleak take on heroin addicts during the 1940s50s. Burroughs was indeed the most amoral of the altogether quite amoral beats.
In his debut novel, junky, burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of postwar america. Burroughs edited and with an introduction by oliver harris grove press. Burroughs reads from the place of dead roads and the cat inside. The first complete and unexpurgated edition, originally published as junkie under the pen name of william lee. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading junky. I throughly enjoyed this book and i will read it again. Oct 02, 2012 for this definitive edition, renowned burroughs scholar oliver harris has gone back to archival typescripts to recreated the author s original text word by word. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Alex lopez dj jovan walkers hope line nakama cast gunnercast za next move podcast hs 354 video. Yes it is quite a sad book but it is a book that i. Burroughs, the inventor of the first marketable adding machine.1436 1453 998 942 1343 1611 1075 1001 1062 16 950 1027 196 257 386 939 239 1526 496 1607 380 42 810 740 1101 1076 65 139 15 281 1066 1089 1089