William S. Burroughs
(1914 - 1977)
Having graduated from Harvard University in 1936, William S. Burroughs in 1943 settled in New York City where he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and began using heroin. He accidentally shot and killed his second wife in Mexico in 1951 while playing a drunken game of William Tell. After undergoing treatment for drug addiction, Burroughs published Naked Lunch in 1959.