Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume—that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs—is a valuable and fresh experience of a novel that has lost none of its relevance or satirical bite.
 

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pure bile. drugs may have been cool and exciting and rebellious in 1960 but...theyve lost their shock value over the past decades. it seems so many of these ivy leaguers dropped out and smoked their ... Read full review

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I found the book very easy to follow when once one considers the strength of subjectivity in the author's perspective. Burroughs makes excellent analogies to the politics of the time and even today with effective links to sex, violence and hallucination.

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Contents

AND START WEST
3
THE VIGILANTE
8
THE RUBE
9
BENWAY
19
JOSELITO
39
THE BLACK MEAT
43
HOSPITAL
47
LAZARUS GO HOME
58
ATROPHIED PREFACE
182
QUICK
195
ORIGINAL INTRODUCTIONS AND ADDITIONS BY THE AUTHOR
197
Testimony Concerning a Sickness 1960
199
Post Script Wouldnt You? 1960
207
Afterthoughts on a Description 1991
211
Letter from a Master Addict to Dangerous Drugs 1956
213
BURROUGHS TEXTS ANNEXED BY THE EDITORS
231

HASSANS RUMPUS ROOM
62
CAMPUS OF INTERZONE UNIVERSITY
70
AJS ANNUAL PARTY
74
MEETING OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF TECHNOLOGY PSYCHIATRY
87
THE MARKET
89
ORDINARY MEN AND WOMEN
101
ISLAM INCORPORATED AND THE PARTIES OF INTERZONE
121
THE COUNTY CLERK
141
INTERZONE
148
THE IMAGINATION
155
HAVE YOU SEEN PANTOPON ROSE?
165
COKE BUGS
166
THE EXTERMINATOR DOES A GOOD JOB
169
THE ALGEBRA OF NEED
172
HAUSER AND OBRIEN
175
Editors Note
233
Letter to Irving Rosenthal 1960
249
The Death of Mel the Waiter undated
252
The Vigilante
254
The Rube
257
Benway
264
The Black Meat
266
Hospital
269
AJs Annual Party
270
Islam Incorporated and the Parties of Interzone
272
Coke Bugs
279
Hauser and OBrien
281
Atrophied Preface
282
AFTERWORD
291
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About the author (2007)

William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914 and lived in Chicago, New York, Texas, Paris, Tangier, London, and Lawrence, Kansas, where he died in August 1997. He was the author of numerous books, including Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, Nova Express, The Ticket that Exploded, and The Wild Boys, and was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. James Grauerholz was William Burroughs’s longtime manager and editor, and is now his literary executor.

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