The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs
Beats in South Texas
Texas History
6 x 9, 208 pp.
11 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 05/23/2006
Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities
  paper
Price:        $19.95

978-1-58544-547-9

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs

Beats in South Texas

By Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas–Pan American. With a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, he specializes in the study of Mexican-American writers, the Beat Generation, and Southern writers.

What Readers Are Saying:

“In this well-researched, clearly written study of Burrough’s ‘lost years’ in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Johnson makes a robust contribution to a field in which it is becoming increasingly difficult to say anything new…Readers may find Johnson’s chronicle of the lives of these unruly people. Summing up: Highly recommended.” --CHOICE

“…illumination of an obscure area of Burroughs’ formative years as an artist…makes Johnson’s book a vital contribution to a growing biographical canon.” --Southwestern American Literature

“Johnson’s book proves that Burroughs’ brief Rio Grande Valley days were exceedingly rich in the kind of anecdotes and characters that flavored his whole life.” --Southwestern American Literature

“I love this book. Rob Johnson has done a tremendous job of digging up previously unknown details about an obscure period in the life of William S. Burroughs—the South Texas years. In sum, this book will be snapped up by everybody interested in Burroughs and by Texans (and others) who appreciate the complexity and sheer weirdness of South Texas.” --Don Graham, University of Texas at Austin

“… loaded with original and never-before-published information. Unlike most literary studies, the voice that speaks to the reader in Tiger in the Valley is informal. I like that. Tiger in the Valley will certainly be useful to scholars of this unique niche of American literature. A very impressive work.” --Tom Pilkington

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