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Junky Summary
William S. Burroughs

Everything you need to understand or teach Junky by William S. Burroughs.

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Junky Summary

Plot Summary

William Lee—nicknamed Bill—is a thirty-year-old white male living in New York City who begins using morphine and develops an addiction to narcotics—or junk. Over the next five years or so he uses drugs, engages in petty crimes and drug peddling, and moves to Texas, New Orleans, and finally Mexico City all the while intermittently kicking his junk habit.

The novel begins around 1945 when Bill takes his first shot of morphine. Over the next year he continues to use junk in various forms and develops a strong dependency. He moves through the shady neighborhoods of New York City engaged in petty crime, drug peddling, and constant habitual injection of morphine. He is accompanied by his wife and children though they are hardly mentioned in the text. Bill's circle of shady associates grows as his legitimate interests diminish. He is finally embroiled in a...

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