William S. Burroughs Newspaper Clippings, 1936-1951 (S0575)

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This collection contains newspaper accounts of incidents in the life of Beat novelist William S. Burroughs, a St. Louis native. Subjects of interest includes reports on his receiving a degree from Harvard in 1936; the 1944 murder of Washington University teacher David Kammerer, a case in which Burroughs was a material witness; Burroughs's divorce from first wife in 1946; and the 1951 incident in which Burroughs shot and killed his second wife, Joan Vollmer.



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