Drug Addiction, Death, And Burroughs Lifestyle

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Drug addiction, death, and Burroughs lifestyle are perfect examples of voices from the fringe. William S. Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri. Burroughs died in Lawrence, Kansas, on August 2,1997. He supposedly died from complications of a heart attack, which he incurred the day before. He was buried in the family plot in Bellefontaine Cemetery, which is located in St. Louis Missouri. His gravestone read his full name and the engravement "American Writer" on it. The grave was placed to the right side of William Seward Burroughs I (1857–1898), which was Burroughs grandfather. (Burroughs, Bio) Burroughs was the younger of two sons born to the parents Laura Hammon Lee and Mortimer Perry Burroughs. The Burroughs family was recognized as wealthy and of English descent in St. Louis, Missouri. Burroughs grandfather was known for founding the Burroughs Adding Machine Company. It later became known as the Burroughs Corporation. Burroughs mother was known as the daughter of a minister. The ministers family was apparently related to the famous and remarkable Robert E. Lee. Ivy Lee, Burroughs maternal uncle was an advertising innovator. He later got employment being a publicist for the famous Rockefellers. Burroughs father ran an antique and gift shop, known as Cobblestone Gardens with their first location being in St. Louis, Missouri and then later on in Palm Beach, Florida. Burroughs lived on Pershing Ave. in St, as a child in St. Louis’s Central West End.

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