Literature The Best William S. Burroughs Books  

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List Rules Novels, novellas, nonfiction, collections - in the case of Burroughs anything goes

List of the best William S. Burroughs books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success, even given his incredibly experimental style, and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that William S. Burroughs left his mark on the literary profession of the last 100 years. Burroughs was a hugely influential writer of the Beat Generation and is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of William S. Burroughs who want to know which of his books they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader or are looking for subversive writings (fave topics of Burroughs included heroin, homosexuality, and the "cut-up" style).

Classic Burroughs books range from Naked Lunch to Junkie. What are William S. Burroughs's best books? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Junkie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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The Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Cities of the Red Night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Nova Express is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Queer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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The Ticket That Exploded is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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The Wild Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Exterminator! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Interzone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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The Western Lands is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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The Place of Dead Roads is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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The Last Words of Dutch Schult... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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My Education: A Book of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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And the Hippos Were Boiled in ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs

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Tornado Alley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Speed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
William S. Burroughs, Jr., William S. Burroughs

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The Yage Letters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs

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Ali's Smile: Naked Scientology is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Blade Runner (a movie) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
Alan E. Nourse, William S. Burroughs

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Ghost of Chance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Kentucky Ham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
William S. Burroughs, Jr., William S. Burroughs

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The Cat Inside is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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Port of Saints is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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The Third Mind is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs

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Last Words: The Final Journals... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books

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The Electronic Revolution is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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The Adding Machine: Collected ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books

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Dead Fingers Talk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best William S. Burroughs Books
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