The William Burroughs reading list

A Listmania! list by Neil Ford (Sydney, Australia)
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Junky (Essential Penguin)
1.  Junky (Essential Penguin) by William S Burroughs
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  "A drug culture classic and a great first novel; the voice is already there, laconic and macabre."
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Queer
2.  Queer by William S. Burroughs
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  "Unfinished sequel to Junky; this is very personal work for Burroughs."
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Naked Lunch (Modern Classic) (Harperperennial Classics)
3.  Naked Lunch (Modern Classic) (Harperperennial Classics) by William Burroughs
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  "This is a record of Burroughs' literary revolution; as I stated in my review, the best was still to come"
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Soft Machine (Paladin Books)
4.  Soft Machine (Paladin Books) by William Burroughs
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  "First book of the cut-up trilogy; note that the Grove Press edition is an earlier and substantially different version."
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The Ticket That Exploded
5.  The Ticket That Exploded by William Burroughs
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  "2nd book of the cut-up trilogy; it includes the great 'Do you love me?' routine."
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Nova Express (Nova Trilogy)
6.  Nova Express (Nova Trilogy) by William Burroughs
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  "3rd book of the cut-up trilogy; all these books contain long difficult passages that are best treated as poetry."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Wild Boys (Burroughs, William S.)
7.  The Wild Boys (Burroughs, William S.) by William S. Burroughs
The list author says:
  "First book of what could be called the 'middle trilogy'; more personal, more straight-forward prose; worth it for the surreally comic 1st chapter alone."
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Exterminator!: A Novel
8.  Exterminator!: A Novel by William S. Burroughs
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  "2nd book of the middle trilogy? Subtitled 'a novel', it's more a patchy collection of short pieces including a report on the 1968 Democrats convention."
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Port of Saints
9.  Port of Saints by William S. Burroughs
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  "3rd book of the middle trilogy; combines Wild Boys material with personal reminiscence; I found it very moving."
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The Last Words of Dutch Schultz: A Fiction in the Form of a Film Script
10.  The Last Words of Dutch Schultz: A Fiction in the Form of a Film Script by William S. Burroughs
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  "Interesting format for Burroughs' ideas, which were often influenced by cinema. Available in conventional script format, or with parallel action and sound columns."
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The Adding Machine: Selected Essays
11.  The Adding Machine: Selected Essays by William S. Burroughs
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  "The literary essay gets that Burroughs twist; a good insight into his thoughts and attitudes."
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Cities of the Red Night (Picador Books)
12.  Cities of the Red Night (Picador Books) by William S. Burroughs
The list author says:
  "1st book of the 'Late Trilogy'; lots of swashbuckling narrative, focusing in on his twin interests: revolution and dreams."
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The Place of Dead Roads (Paladin Books)
13.  The Place of Dead Roads (Paladin Books) by William Burroughs
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  "2nd book of the late trilogy, and my favourite of his works. An alternative-history Western that ends in time and space travel. Again, very poignant memories of boyhood revealed."
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The Western Lands (Picador Books)
14.  The Western Lands (Picador Books) by William S. Burroughs
The list author says:
  "3rd book of late trilogy; B repudiates some of his earlier ideas, and turns to ancient Egypt (and other space/times) to explore and escape from death."
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The Cat Inside
15.  The Cat Inside by William S. Burroughs
The list author says:
  "Overpriced for such a small book, but quite a precious read. Borrow or get 2nd hand. His thoughts on life with cats."
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William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible
16.  William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible by Barry Miles
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  "A great introduction to his life and work."
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Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs
17.  Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs by Ted Morgan
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  "This biography contains a wealth of meticulous detail, which illuminates his writing."
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