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February 6, 2014

William S. Burroughs journals, writings donated to University of Kansas Libraries

The last journals, type scripts and other writings of writer William S. Burroughs will go to the University of Kansas Libraries, in the Kansas town where he made his last home, according to a prepared statement from the university Thursday.

The last journals, type scripts and other writings of writer William S. Burroughs will go to the University of Kansas Libraries, in the Kansas town where he made his last home, according to a prepared statement from the university Thursday.

Burroughs, as controversial and singular as he was influential, is best known as the author of “Naked Lunch” and other novels, including “Junkie," “Nova Express," the Cut-Up Trilogy and “Cities of The Red Night.” Norman Mailer once said that Burroughs was "the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius," the KU statement said.

Burroughs’ estate executor, James Grauerholz, a Lawrence resident and KU alumnus, donated the materials to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, the KU statement said.

The materials were the source for “Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs,” published in 2000, which Grauerholz edited, the statement said. Burroughs died in 1997 in Lawrence.

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