New York Public Library buys Burroughs archive from Ohio couple

NEW YORK - Thanks to a couple from the Cleveland area, the personal archive of Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs now rests with the New York Public Library.

Collectors Robert and Donna Jackson, of Shaker Heights, have sold the papers to the library for an undisclosed amount of money.

The collection includes draft versions of Burroughs' most famous work, "Naked Lunch," along with other manuscripts and letters that range from the early 1950s to the early 1970s.

Scholars say that the material could be a major influence. One Burroughs expert from Great Britain says it could give scholars a new view of the writer.

Burroughs died in 1997.

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