William was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He was the younger of two sons born to Mortimer Perry Burroughs and Laura Hammon Lee. He frequently wrote under the pen name William Lee. Though he graduated from Harvard, he never held a steady job, and subsisted primarily on an allowance from his wealthy parents. Negative events in his life, such as his heroin addiction and the accidental shooting of his wife, inspired his writing.
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHN5-1WK : accessed 8 January 2018), William S Burroughs in household of Mortimer P Burroughs, Central, St Louis, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 39, sheet 2B, line 95, family 44, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1224; FHL microfilm 2,340,959.
"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JK5M-7Y8 : 20 May 2014), William S Burroughs, 02 Aug 1997; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).