William Burroughs: Cities of the Red Night (670 words)

Chad Weidner
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Cities of the Red Night was a late publication by William Burroughs. The book is the first of the Red Night trilogy, and is followed by The Place of Dead Roads (1983), and The Western Lands (1987). Cities of the Red Night deals with various issues such as access to health care, sustainable living, and forms of government that maximize human potential and individual liberty. Given the focus on sustainable culture and limiting government power, the book remains highly relevant today.

The arrival of Cities of the Red Night was important in the context of Burroughs’ career since it was the first new and complete novel in over a decade. Beginning with this book, Burroughs put great energy …

Citation: Weidner, Chad. "Cities of the Red Night". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2015 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6015, accessed 14 August 2022.]

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