His was a prominent family of English ancestry in St. Burroughs' mother was the daughter of a minister whose family claimed to be closely related to Robert E. His maternal uncle, Ivy Lee , was an advertising pioneer later employed as a publicist for the Rockefellers. His father ran an antique and gift shop, Cobblestone Gardens in St. Louis; and later in Palm Beach, Florida when they relocated.
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Because of US obscenity laws ,  a complete American edition by Grove Press did not follow until It was titled Naked Lunch and was substantially different from the Olympia Press edition because it was based on an earlier manuscript in Allen Ginsberg 's possession. Burroughs states in his introduction that Jack Kerouac suggested the title. He states that Ginsberg misread "Naked Lust" from the manuscript, and only he noticed. Kerouac did not specify which manuscript and critics could only speculate until when Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris established that, in his Lower East Side apartment in fall , Ginsberg had been reading aloud to Kerouac from the manuscript of Queer, which Burroughs had just brought with him from Mexico City.
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NAKED lunch--a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of the fork. If not for the intervention of William S. Burroughs friends, Naked Lunch would have never seen the light of day. Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac decided to visit Burroughs in Tangiers and see if they could salvage any of the fragmented writing that had been dripping from the mind of Burroughs while he was nursing addictions to heroin and young male prostitutes.