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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Into mark the work’s 50th anniversary, Penguin reissued the book as Junky: Queerthe companion piece to Junkiewas written at the same time and parts of it were designed to be included in Junkiesince the first manuscript was dismissed as poorly written and lacking in interest and insight. 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: Burroughs never managed to recover from his addiction at all, and died in physically dependent on the synthetic opiate methadone.

Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa wrote that while he did not care for Burroughs’s subsequent experimental fiction, he admired the more straightforward Junky both on its own merits and further as “an accurate description of what I believe to be the literary vocation”; i.

The definitive text of ‘Junk’ was Burroughs ‘ official debut in Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Naked Scientology The Adding Machine: Self-deluding, vain, narcissistic, self-obsessed, and yet curiously perceptive about the sickness of the world if not his own malaise, Burroughs both offered up and was compelled to provide his psyche as ardict form of Petri dish, within which were cultured the obsessive and compulsive viruses of modernity. 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 unredfemed latter’s trial for receiving stolen goods.

William Burroughs – the original Junkie

Literary Centennials 47 members messages You must be a member of this group to post. The Penguin edition also includes an appreciation of Junky written by Alan Ginsbergbesides a glossary, letters and excerpts which were cut from the original manuscript, such as a long passage about Wilhelm Reich ‘s theory of “orgones”, etc in six appendices.


The definitive text of ‘Junk’ Finished reading: Certainly, the hypothesis of murderous impulsiveness squares better with the impromptu “William Tell act” whereby he called upon Vollmer to place a glass upon her head, which he would then shoot off than his own bewilderment in the face unredeemef an act of such cruel stupidity and fatal rashness. The anonymous underworld fills its pages – the moochers, fags, four-flushers, stool-pigeons, thieves.

William Lee the name of the author and of all persons appearing in this book are disguised is an unrepentant, confessioons drug addict. Burroughs’ own view — that “you become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in any other direction.

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 picture it paints of a sordid netherworld was all the more horrifying for being so authentic in language and point of view. Burroughs himself described it as “the accidental shooting death”; and although he jumped bail, he was only convicted — in absentia by the Mexican court — of homicide.

The Last Beat William S. But this is more than the story of a drug addict.

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It is Burroughs’ own denial of the nature of his addiction that makes this book capable of being read as a fiendish parable of modern alienation. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Most libraries at the time did not buy Ace books, considering them trivial and without literary meritand Ace paperbacks were never reviewed by literary critics. Having secured the publisher’s interest, Ginsberg forced Burroughs to revisit the text. Since, in the hysterical, anti-drug culture of postwar America, potential censure could easily induce self-censorship, it’s remarkable that Junky as it was published under his own name found a publisher at all. As for the text itself, it reads today as fresh and unvarnished as it ever has.


Yet, were De Quincey wrote in the vein of dream-phantasy, ‘Junkie’ is pitilessly factual and hard-boiled. Junky Essential Penguin Author s: Letters to a Young Novelist. 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. Unlike Burroughs ‘ later work, Junky is written in a straightforward prose style, and linear plot development.

There were others in the room. Interviews with William S. It has come to be considered a seminal text on the lifestyle of heroin addicts in the early s. After many rejection letters, Burroughs stopped writing. However much he cared for Vollmer, their life together was clearly at an impasse their sexuality was incompatible and she was even beginning to object to his drug use ; and what could be more natural — if only momentarily — than to conceive of ridding himself of an obvious blockage?

Numerous reprints of the book appeared in the s and s once Burroughs achieved notability with Naked Lunchwith the work now credited under coonfessions real name.

Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict

For the protection of the confeessions, we have inserted occasional parenthetical notes to indicate where the author clearly departs from accepted medical fact or makes other unsubstantiated statements in an effort to justify his actions. We follow them as they slink furtively to their ‘meets’ in dim-lit cafeterias and sleazy bars.

Personally, I think Burroughs’ definition of “possession” was tantamount to an admission of intent. Burroughs and Kerouac collaborated writing a novel together “And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks”and Burroughs completed the manuscript of another novel, but Junky.