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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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I find this a delicious irony: Ace Books primarily catered to New York City subway riders, and competed in the same market as comic booktrue crimeand detective fiction publishers. Coke hit my head, a pleasant dizziness and tension, while the morphine spread through my body in relaxing waves. It has come to be considered a seminal text on the lifestyle of heroin addicts in the early s.

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Junkie by William Lee

The Last Beat William S. Having secured the publisher’s interest, Ginsberg forced Burroughs to revisit the text. Yet, were De Quincey wrote in the vein of dream-phantasy, ‘Junkie’ is pitilessly factual and hard-boiled. If was later that same year Burroughs developed his addiction. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. The anonymous underworld fills its pages – the moochers, fags, four-flushers, stool-pigeons, thieves.

Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. The meat of the text of Junky is as close as Burroughs could get to a factual account of his junmie experience of heroin. Assuming that Burroughs ‘ assertion that many facts, descriptions of feelings, etc are factual and truthful, Junky would be an excellent guide to better understand the world of “junk” and “junk users”, as Burroughs calls it.


The definitive text of ‘Junk’ was Burroughs ‘ official debut in 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.

It is Burroughs’ own denial of the nature of his addiction that confessionz this book capable of being read as a fiendish parable of modern alienation. Solomon was the nephew of A. 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.

His descriptions of the “junk territories” his alter ego inhabits are, in fact, depictions of urban alienation itself. But his pen has been dipped in an acid of strange lustre, and some of his word pictures are vignettes of compelling artistry.

Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict

Junky was ynredeemed as an autobiographical novel telling an almost clinically cool history of how Burroughs became addicted, which is told in a very straightforward narrative, and seemingly based on a very innocent transaction, of a pal asking him to sell some morphine and Burroughs ending up trying some himself.

The subtitle of the work was Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict. April Learn how and when to remove this template message. For all are a ‘beat, nowhere bunch of guys,’ seemingly without donfessions and no future.

druh But taking him at his own, self-justifying estimation predicated on a renunciation of drugs that never cameBurroughs’ Junky becomes the very archetype of the romanticisation of excess that has so typified our era: The Penguin Modern Classics edition of Junky.

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Junkie (novel) – Wikipedia

The definitive text of ‘Junk’ Finished reading: The text is memorable for its content and style. Some time in the late s or early s, Burroughs recorded an extensive passage from the book which was issued on a record album. Burroughspublished initially under the pseudonym William Lee in Burroughs’ own conception of himself was essentially fictional, and it’s not superfluous to observe that before he began to write with any fixity he had already become a character in other writers’ works, most notably in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

We witness the sordidness of every crevice of their lives. My wife grabbed the spoon and threw the junk on the floor. With Junkyalso spelled JunkieWilliam S. Junky Penguin Modern Classics Author s: William Og the name of the author and of all persons appearing in this book are disguised is an unrepentant, unredeemed drug addict.

As for the text itself, it reads today as fresh and unvarnished as it inredeemed has. I was cooking up a shot two days after I’d connected with Old Ike. At least three recordings have been issued featuring readings from this book.

William Burroughs – the original Junkie

It starts where I first make contact with junk, and drjg ends where no more contact is possible. Kick is momentary freedom from the claims of the ageing, cautious, nagging, frightened flesh. Besides encouraging Burroughs to write, he worked as editor and agent as the manuscript was written in Mexico City.