- Category : Writers-Fiction
- Type : GE
- Profile : 3/6 - Martyr / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 4
American writer. Although he was considered by many to be a second-class writer, Huncke was an important figure of the Beat Generation and is credited with the moniker which so well described the generation of writers and artists.
Born in Massachusetts, Huncke grew up on Chicago, where, as a teenager, he became addicted to drugs and entered the world of petty thievery. He moved to New York in 1939. In 1944, he met William Burroughs, who was fascinated by the underworld of crime and drugs that Huncke inhabited. Burroughs introduced Huncke to Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, who were in turn inspired by Huncke’s street life.
Huncke did not consider himself a writer, but, most likely because of his association with his more literary colleagues, he published his autobiography, Guilty of Everything, in 1990.
Although he died in 1996, renewed interest in his life followed the 1997 release of "The Herbert Huncke Reader," a collection published by William Morrow. Shortly afterward, filmmaker Laki Vazakas produced a documentary entitled "Huncke and Louis," that included scenes of the sad death of Huncke’s longtime friend and lover, Louis Cartwright. Huncke himself died alone on August 8, 1996 in a New York City hospital, while participating in a methadone treatment program in New York.