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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Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. LibraryThing All topics Hot topics Book discussions. Junk, alternatively published as Junkie or Junky is a drig novel depicting life as a drug addict and drugs dealer.

It is a tale told with pride, as the writers of the Beat Generation saw themselves as an avant garde exploring and experimenting with the use of drugs. The definitive text of ‘Junk’ Finished reading: With Junkyalso spelled JunkieWilliam S.

Burroughs tries to clear that image, and would almost succeed. Junky was published as confeasions autobiographical novel telling an almost clinically cool history of how Burroughs became addicted, which is told in a very straightforward narrative, and seemingly based on a very innocent transaction, of a pal asking him to sell some morphine and Burroughs ending up trying some himself.


William Burroughs – the original Junkie

Ynredeemed that Burroughs ‘ assertion that many facts, descriptions of feelings, etc are factual and truthful, Junky would be an excellent guide to better understand the world of “junk” and “junk users”, as Burroughs calls it. The Penguin Modern Classics edition of Junky. The definitive text of ‘Junk’ is published with a long introduction by Oliver Harris and includes various parts and appendixes which were cut from the original manuscript.

According to the original introduction Burroughs had written Junky with the intention to enlighten readers about the true life conefssions “junk user” and separating “junk” from the mystery surrounding it. However, in the Prologue Burroughs gives an all but sketchy impression of his life leading up to his life as a “junk”. Comparing these notes with the biographical information we now have, not just of Burroughs but also of the other writers of the Beat Generation, it is clear that the biographical sketch in the Prologue is incomplete and probably deliberately vague.

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 jumkie murder in which Kerouac was charged as an accessory and Burroughs as a material witness, in It was later that same year Burroughs developed his addiction.


Burroughs and Kerouac collaborated writing a novel together “And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks”and Burroughs completed the manuscript of another novel, but Junky. The definitive text of ‘Junk’ was Burroughs ‘ official debut in The introduction by Oliver Harris provides many interesting details about the publication history of Junky including the various suggested titles and publishers’ deliberations rejecting Burroughs ‘ original title.

The Penguin edition also includes an appreciation of Junky written by Alan Ginsbergbesides a glossary, letters and excerpts which were cut from unredwemed original manuscript, such as a long passage about Wilhelm Reich ‘s theory of “orgones”, etc in six appendices. Unlike Burroughs ‘ later work, Junky is written in a straightforward prose style, and linear plot development.

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.

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