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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Touchstones Works Junky by William S. 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 the latter’s trial for receiving stolen goods.

From the very first lines, ‘Junkie’ strips down the addict without shame or self-pity in all his nakedness. The Final Journals of William S. You can revive it by posting a reply. Burroughs’ own view β€” that “you become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in any other direction. There has never been a criminal confession better calculated to discourage imitiation by thrilling hungry teen-agers. In the final paragraph of Junky he writes: Joan Vollmer wife William S. For the protection of the reader, 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.

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It is a tale told with pride, as the writers of the Confessjons Generation saw themselves as an avant garde exploring and experimenting with the use of drugs.

He also signed his letters to Ginsberg, Kerouac et al with his nom de plume, as well as using his correspondence as a form of work in progress, peppering his epistles to the Beats with his trademark riffs and routines. Into mark the work’s 50th anniversary, Penguin reissued the book as Junky: This topic is currently marked as “dormant”β€”the last message is more than 90 days old.


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His own words tell us that he is a fugitive from the law; that he has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, paranoid; that he is totally without moral values. Junk wins by default” β€” is a deceptively thin, Pandora’s drugg of an idea that raises the question: Personally, I think Burroughs’ definition of “possession” was tantamount to an admission of intent.

Indeed, this is the great sadness of Junky and Burroughs himself as I conceive it. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction.

Although it was long considered Burroughs’ first novel, he had in fact several years earlier completed a manuscript called And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks with Kerouac, but this work would remain unpublished in its entirety until Junky Penguin Classics S.

This page was last edited on 19 Marchat Ace Books primarily catered to New York City subway riders, and competed in the same market as comic bookod crimeand detective fiction publishers.

Junkie by William Lee

To present Junky as a lifestyle choice it probably did not fit the bill to explain that despite his good education and relative carefree life, receiving a monthly allowance from a trust fund, Burroughs was attracted to criminal behaviour, and the Beat Generation started with a murder in which Kerouac was charged as an accessory and Burroughs as a material witness, in This article does not cite any sources.

In a letter to Allen Ginsberg who had worried that the book constituted a justification of Burroughs’ addictionhe inveighed: He knew the gun to shoot low, and what would have happened to the glass shards even if he had succeeded? From double book to stand alone; from Ace Original to Penguin Modern Classic; from unredeemed confession to cult novel; from a cheap shocker to a refined taste β€” the history of this text in a strange way acts as an allegory of the way the heroin subculture Burroughs depicted has mutated, spread and engrafted itself with the corpus of the wider society, in the process irretrievably altering that on which it parasitises.

We watch their hidden gestures, we see them as they ‘cop the stuff.

It provides a fascinating account of the life of a junky, from the point of view of a junky, explaining how heroin changes their life. Wynwho owned Ace Books. Order by newest oldest recommendations. According to the original introduction Burroughs had written Junky with the intention to enlighten readers about the true life of “junk user” and separating “junk” from the mystery jnredeemed it.


The definitive text of ‘Junk’ was Burroughs ‘ official debut in It starts where I first make contact with junk, and it ends where no more contact is possible. In confesaions complete edition of the original text confessiions published by Penguin Books with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg; sections of the manuscript referring to Burroughs’s homosexualitywhich had been edited out of earlier editions, were included for the first time.

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LibraryThing All topics Hot topics Book discussions. The anonymous underworld fills its pages – the moochers, fags, four-flushers, stool-pigeons, thieves. It was later that same year Burroughs developed his addiction. Junky Penguin Essentials Author s: On the Road Jack Kerouac.

You might say it was a travel book more than anything else. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.

Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict

Literary Centennials 47 members messages You must be a member of this group to post. 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.

What it isn’t is any kind of true analysis of the nature of addiction itself. Besides encouraging Burroughs to write, he worked as editor and agent as the manuscript was written in Mexico City.

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. Yet, were De Quincey wrote in the vein of dream-phantasy, ‘Junkie’ is pitilessly factual and hard-boiled.