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This is the first in a two volume set of the collected letters of William S. Burroughs. The letters are entertaining and revealing, placing Burroughs's work in the context of an extraordinary life, and Burroughs himself in the context of a decade and a half of momentous cultural change. Burroughs circle at the time was one of the principal players in the soon-to-be-realized Beat Movement - Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. Throughout this period writing letters was one of only two constant habits in Burroughs's life, the other was heroin. Addiction was an abiding preoccupation, conferring an outsider status reinforced by his homosexuality (which was illegal in those days). From hipster to so-called Godfather of Punk, Burroughs has lived a controversial life as a leading member of the Beat Generation and a daring writer of psychedelic literary experiments. He first came to notice with "Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict" (1953), and in 1962 the fight to prevent censorship of "Naked Lunch" - an important landmark in modern literary history - ensured Burroughs, and his work, permanent notoriety. His more recent fiction has been viewed as quieter and less extravagant, but it remains true to Burroughs's perennial obsessions: guns, drugs and homosexuality.
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Descripción Picador, 1993. Hardcover. Condición: Good. No Dust Jacket. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Nº de ref. del artículo: mon0009948717
Descripción Picador, 1993. Hardback. Condición: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. D/jkt in archival film, wear to top of spine. Beige boards, quarter cloth, bumped top of spine and top rear corner, liquid stain on bottom front edge. Text clean, no ownership markings, binding tight.; 8.5 X 6.3 X 1.3 inches; 512 pages. Nº de ref. del artículo: 38350
Descripción Picador, London, 1993. Hardcover. Condición: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. 1st Edition. Early letters with scholarly introduction and copious notes. J.G. Ballard writes of these letters 'Witty, scurrilous, paranoid and philosophical'. xl, 472 pages. First UK edition, first printing. Grey boards, black cloth back, unclipped dust jacket (now in a removable protective sleeve). Minimal shelf wear to jacket edges, no inscriptions. Photographs available on request. All books dispatched same or next working day in robust packaging. Nº de ref. del artículo: 009776
Descripción Picador, London, 1993. Hardcover. Condición: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. First UK Edition. First impression of the true first edition, with full number-string sequence on the publisher's copyright prelims page including the no. "1": 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Illustrated with black and white photographs. ***Fine in cream boards with black cloth-covered spine with gilt, and satin red titles to spine. Tiny bump to bottom edge of front board. Spine tight. No inscriptions. Pages clean and bright. ***In a fine colour illustrated dustwrapper that has not been price-clipped, showing original publisher's price of £17.50 net. No tears. No fading. Dustwrapper bright and crisp. 238mm x 160mm. 472 pages including notes and index to rear. ***'This meticulously assembled volume of his correspondence vividly documents the personal and cultural history through which Burroughs developed, revealing clues to illuminate his life and keys to open up his texts. More than that, they also show how in the period 1945-1959, letter-writing was itself integral to his life and to his fiction-making. These letters reveal the extraordinary route that took Burroughs from narrative to anti-narrative, from Junky to Naked Lunch and the discovery of cut-ups, a turbulent journey crossing two decades and three continents.' (Quote from inside front flap of dustwrapper blurb). ***First impression of the true first edition, complete in its original dustwrapper in fine and crisp, bight, collectable condition. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. Nº de ref. del artículo: 4222
Descripción Picador, 1993. Hardcover. Condición: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 1993 Picador Hardcover 1st Edition 1st Impression. Fine copy with unclipped dustjacket. Wonderful jacket design as shown. Appears unread. Nº de ref. del artículo: ABE-1499249799145
Descripción Picador, London, 1993. Hardcover. Condición: Fine. 1st Edition. in clear archival cover. Nº de ref. del artículo: 009764