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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 25 Anv edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143117831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143117834
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Queer is a stunner. A neglected work that became legendary in its very absence. Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)—guru of the Beat Generation, controversial éminence grise of the international avant-garde, dark prophet, and blackest of black humor satirists—had a range of influence rivaled by few post-World War II writers. His many books include Naked Lunch, Queer, Exterminator!, The Cat Inside, The Western Lands, and Interzone.

Oliver Harris edited The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1945-1959. He is currently a lecturer in American Literature at the University of Keele.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Chelvam on November 2, 2010
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Definitely read this after Junky but before Naked Lunch if you want to get the most out of these books and understand Burroughs. Although the title may turn some people off, the book is as tasteful and literary as anything Burroughs has written, as far as I know. This book and Burroughs are definitely good choices for people who like intelligent, interesting works outside the mainstream of literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joey on April 6, 2012
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Can't say enough about this book and Burroughs is just a superb writer and connects so well with the reader. We all have problems or issues in this life and know one is perfect. No matter what it could be but he just amazes me each and every book that he writes and with Queer he nails it. So please be open and don't hesitate to read this book the name says it all.
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It took a short time for the book to finally click with me, but once it did, like all books by William Burroughs, it became impossible to put down.

"It was a wise old queen--Bobo, we called her--who taught me that I had a duty to live and bear my burden proudly for all to see, to conquer prejudice and ignorance and hate with knowledge and sincerity and love.”

A common theme in the book is the search for non-verbal communication, sometimes by a man seeking quick love in the Mexican nite; or the same man all too hurt by a deeper relationship, hoping he can express himself clairvoyantly, via intuition; or by means of suspicious glances between two friends evaluating the company of a lonesome and maudlin soul; there is even the discourse of hallucinatory drugs and their 'telepathic' powers. If you consider the time period when Burroughs wrote this and the general opinion at that time towards queer sexuality, it makes perfect sense why he'd seek out eccentric ways to discuss forbidden feelings and attractions.
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By George on April 24, 2014
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Captivating at times but ultimately not as enjoyable as some of his other works. Aided by the included contextual information.
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By nameyomama on February 19, 2013
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even though book was second hand but it was good as anew! arrived very timely too. loved it very much
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