William S. Burroughs

burroughs1February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997

William Seward Burroughs II was a highly influential and controversial American writer of novels, essays, short stories and poems. His love of subversion and satire coupled with his outlandish personal experiences made him one of the more colorful and unique voices of the 20th Century. A prominent member/founder of the Beat movement, his most famous works include Naked Lunch, Junkie and Queer. Burroughs was well involved with fellow Beats Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, at times living with one or the other in various New York and Paris locales. He was also big into drugs. Like heavy, heroin and morphine-type drugs. His addictions added to the semi-autobiographical nature of his writing and, pretty directly, to the 1951 accidental shooting death of his wife in Mexico during an intoxicated round of “William Tell.” Good times. Burroughs continued to write throughout his life. He spent the last years of his life in Lawrence, Kansas where he died at the age of 83 from a heart attack.


Bellefontaine Cemetery – St. Louis, MO

Specific Location

Block 37; On the east side of the intersection of Lake Ave. and Vale Ave. Right near the road.


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