william burroughs was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1914. Immensely influential among the Beat writers of the 1950s - notably Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg - he already had an underground reputation before the appearance of his first important book, Naked Lunch. William Burroughs died in 1997.
'In the English language, William Burroughs is the greatest writer alive. His imagination has tackled head-on the post-war world, with its huge bureaucracies and sinister complexes. He has a paranoid vision, but as he himself said: the psychotic is someone who knows what's really going on.' JG Ballard, Sunday Times 'The Place of Dead Roads is Burroughs at his very best, with the same remarkable ear for dialogue and effortless originality.' Guardian