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William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible Hardcover – August 5, 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (August 5, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562828487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562828486
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,850,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this affable and affectionate biography, Miles ( Allen Ginsberg ), a friend of Burroughs since 1964, covers the controversial writer's addictions, idiosyncrasies and personal relationships, as well as his writings. Drawing on Burroughs's correspondences and on his own experiences with him, Miles gives only a cursory account of Burroughs's early life in St. Louis, where he was born in 1914, and his years in Latin America, Paris, Tangiers and London. But he updates other biographies with a chapter on Burroughs's life in Lawrence, Kansas, where he settled in 1984, and with a discussion of his impact on modern culture. Miles is best when considering the genesis and intermingling of Burroughs's fiction and nonfiction. Photos not seen by PW .
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In his latest work, Miles ( Ginsberg: A Biography , Simon & Schuster, 1989) turns his attention to William Burroughs. His book falls somewhere between Ted Morgan's comprehensive biography, Literary Outlaw ( LJ 10/15/88), and Jennie Skerl's introductory volume, William Burroughs (Twayne, 1985). Miles traces autobiographical parallels in Burroughs's work and examines his friendships with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Brion Gysin, among others. He details Burroughs's influence in rock and film circles within the general framework of his growing critical acclaim. Miles's book is especially valuable for its coverage of the complex textual history of Burroughs's work. The final chapter includes an evaluation of his "shotgun art." Recommended for contemporary literature collections.
- William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken Miller on January 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Miles' biography is intended for the general reader. There is good background on Burroughs' childhood, a good bit of biographical detail throughout, and the book doesn't delve into the written works all too deeply. Being one of three general biographies written about Burroughs, it bears comparing to the books by Ted Morgan and Graham Caveney. Miles' book is not as scholarly or exhaustive as Morgan's book, Literary Outlaw, but is both more scholarly and more exhaustive than Caveney's, Gentleman Junkie. It was written after Literary Outlaw, so there is more information on the Kansas years here, including a chapter entitled "Shotgun Art".
This is a biography intended for a general readership. Miles' familiarity with his subject may make this of interest even to the Burroughs beginner. There is a bibliography of works written by Burroughs (but none about him), and an index.
Miles seems to be Burroughs' biggest fan. This is not a critical appraisal of Burroughs OR his works. At times the writing is very bad. Still, Miles had the advantage of a fascinating subject.
If you haven't read a book about Burroughs before, read Literary Outlaw, by Ted Morgan, and pass this one up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil Ford on October 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This was the first biography of Burroughs I read; I also have the Ted Morgan biography, but I don't think a direct qualitative comparison is possible. While Morgan goes into enormous biographical detail, Miles puts Burroughs' work in central position, and his analyses are really perceptive and thorough, with demonstrative use of passages from the text as well as references to relevant events in Burroughs' life. It is, as other reviewers have said, really the best existing introduction to Burroughs' work - I don't know if I could have made it through the cut-up trilogy without the preparation of reading this book first.
I should also point out that some biographical details are here which are not in Morgan, e.g. the use of real names where Morgan substituted pseudonyms.
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