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William S. Burroughs' Final Personal Journals Donated To The University Of Kansas
The final personal journals of novelist William S. Burroughs have been donated to the University of Kansas.
Burroughs lived in Lawrence from 1982 until his death in 1997.
Besides the journals, the donation to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library includes typescripts and editing materials.
The materials were the source for "Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs," published in 2000.
Burroughs, novelist Jack Kerouac, and other writers were known in the 50s and 60s as the Beat Generation, who railed against the mainstream.
Burrough's Estate executor says KU was a fitting recipient because Burroughs wrote his last books, painted his first and last paintings, and wrote his last words in Lawrence.