Did you know that William Burroughs…

William Burroughs
William Burroughs

… shot his wife in the head while playing a drunken game of William Tell at a party? She died instantly. He never went to prison for the crime, as it happened in Mexico, and he bribed his way out of the country. The author was also a drug addict and a drug dealer. He was constantly in trouble with the law in the US, so he moved a lot within the US and abroad (London, Paris, Berlin, South America and Morocco).

William Burroughs is an American author who wrote 18 novels (Junkie and Naked Lunch) and 6 collections of short stories. He was friends with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. He died of a heart attack in 1997 at the age of 83.

Written by Cecile

Cécile Sune was born in Lyon, France, and her obsession with books started when she was 14. Her grandparents had lent her Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and she spent part of the summer indoors reading. Needless to say, her tan didn't really improve that year! It was also around that time that Cécile fell in love with the English language. Several years later, in 1999, Cécile moved to Toronto, Canada, with her cat and 5 suitcases. Her love of reading greatly increased when she discovered that English books were much cheaper than French novels. In 2013, she decided to start a blog to share her passion. Cécile now lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and their daughter, and works as a freelance translator (CS Revision).


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