The Definitive Text of Junk (50th Anniversary Edition)

208 pages

English language

Published April 1, 2003 by Penguin (Non-Classics).


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A semi-autobiographical account, narrated in a matter-of-fact manner, of the author’s life as a drug addict. The story ranges from the backstreets of New York to a drug rehabilitation hospital in Kentucky, the bars of New Orleans and on to Mexico, recounting the difficulties of obtaining drugs, financial problems and homosexual encounters. Burroughs significantly stretched the boundaries of publishable material with his debut novel.

12 editions


  • Drug addicts -- Fiction
  • Heroin abuse -- Fiction