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 William S. Burroughs

born 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri (USA)—died 1997; 1932–1942 studies at Harvard University, Boston; 1944 meets Allan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac; 1946–1949 flees the American narcotics squad via Texas and New Orleans to Mexico, where he lives from 1949 to 1952, and shoots his wife in a tragic accident; and then leaves Mexico to escape charges. Lives from 1954 to 1958 in Tangiers, Morocco; 1957 undergoes a drug addiction cure; he publishes «Naked Lunch;» meets Bryon Gysin and Paul Bowles; lives from 1958 to 1965 in Paris; experiments with Cut-up Technique; censorship proceedings against his novel end with the verdict «not obscene.» Lives from 1966 to 1974 in London; creates experimental works for film and tape recorder. Lives from 1974 to 1981 in New York and later moves to Kansas.