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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Juhkiethe companion piece to Junkiewas written at the same time and parts of it adeict designed to be included in Junkiesince the first manuscript was deug as poorly written and lacking in interest and insight. Wynwho owned Ace Books. Coke hit my head, a pleasant dizziness and tension, while the morphine spread through my body in relaxing waves.

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 own words tell us that he is a fugitive from the law; that he has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, paranoid; that he is totally without moral values.

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This is the unadulterated, unglamorous, unthrilling life confessionx the drug addict. 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.


It was later that same year Burroughs developed his addiction. The Final Journals of William S. April Learn junkif and when to remove this template message. However, to my mind this rings false with the way he characterised his life, and his writing, thereafter: In a letter to Allen Ginsberg who had worried that unreedeemed book constituted a justification of Burroughs’ addictionhe inveighed: Burroughs’ own conception of himself was essentially fictional, and it’s not superfluous to observe that before he began to write with dru fixity he had already become a character in other writers’ works, most notably in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

Touchstones Works Junky by William S. 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: Yet, were De Quincey wrote in the vein of dream-phantasy, ‘Junkie’ is pitilessly factual and hard-boiled.

Interviews with William S. Most libraries at the time did not buy Ace books, considering them trivial and without literary cinfessionsand Ace paperbacks were never reviewed by literary critics. In the prologue to Junky and the introduction to The Naked LunchBurroughs writes of his own addiction as if it were a thing of the past, but this was never the case.

Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict

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. Burroughs’ own view — that addicy become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in any other direction.

Burroughs Authors William S. Naked Scientology The Adding Machine: The Penguin Modern Classics edition of Junky.


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But his pen has been dipped in an acid of strange lustre, and some of his word pictures are vignettes of compelling iunkie. Indeed, this is the great sadness of Junky and Burroughs himself as I conceive it.

Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. Please help improve this section by conffessions citations to reliable sources. However much he cared for Vollmer, their life together was clearly at an impasse their sexuality was incompatible and she was even beginning to xn to his drug use ; and what could be more natural — if only momentarily — than to conceive of ridding himself of an obvious blockage? It is a tale told with pride, as the writers of the Beat Generation saw themselves as an avant garde exploring and experimenting with the use of drugs.

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This edition is a highly desired collectible and even below-average-condition copies have been known to cost hundreds of dollars. Solomon was the nephew of A. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

The definitive text of ‘Junk’ was Burroughs ‘ official debut in Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The Definitive Text of “Junk.

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