from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice 1875-1950. American writer best known for creating the character Tarzan in his novel Tarzan of the Apes (1914).
  • Burroughs, John 1837-1921. American naturalist and writer whose vivid essays gained him wide popularity as a benign sage of nature.
  • Burroughs 1, William Seward 1855-1898. American inventor who in the early 1890s designed and patented the first practical adding machine.
  • Burroughs 2, William Seward 1914-1997. American writer noted especially for Naked Lunch (1959), a surrealist portrait of drug addiction.

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  • proper n. An English topographical surname for someone who lived near a hill or a fort.

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  • n. United States inventor who patented the first practical adding machine (1855-1898)
  • n. United States novelist and author of the Tarzan stories (1875-1950)
  • n. United States writer noted for his works portraying the life of drug addicts (1914-1997)


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  • Earlier in the interview, he discussed Burroughs and Naked Lunch saying, Burroughs is a legitimate artist, but he is not as good as his admirers think and he is nowhere near as bad as the people who have never read him believe.


  • Augusten Burroughs is another given to embellishing his life down.

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