William Seward Burroughs (Saint Louis, February 5, 1914 - Kansas, August 2, 1997) was a novelist, essayist and social critic States.
His work has a strong autobiographical, and it is reflected addiction to various substances, such as heroin. Experimentation, surrealism and satire also constitute some of the most important elements of his novels. His first publications are included within the Beat Generation. Not surprisingly, Burroughs remained important contacts with writers like Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Herbert Huncke. In 1984 he joined the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
His works include Junky (1953), under the pseudonym of Bill Lee, Naked Lunch (1959), The Soft Machine (1961), Nova Express (1963), The Wild Boys (1971), The West (1987) and white meter (Pre-Textos, 1977).