Burroughs, William S.
Naked Lunch 50th Anniversary Edition
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc. 11/2009. First edition thus. Hardcover in Slipcase. Sealed in shrinkwrap To commemorate the first appearance of Naked Lunch by the French publisher Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press in 1959, Grove Press presents this 50th anniversary edition of the book that brought William S. Burroughs to the attention of readers, & academic, cultural & literary commentators throughout the world. Among the essential primary works associated with the Beat phenomenon along with Ginsberg's Howl & Kerouac's On the Road, the significance & far-reaching influence of Naked Lunch goes far deeper than a brief description among our items can begin to touch on. This writer intends to expand upon it in our Museum Tour & NewsBeat departments. This beautiful hardcover edition in slipcase features the restored text edited by the foremost Burroughsian, James Grauerholz, & WSB bibliographer/biographer Barry Miles, as well as a thoughtful afterword by Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin. Both the book & slipcase reproduce the cover art of the original edition: automatic caligraphic-style drawings made by WSB clearly influenced by his great friend & collaborator, Brion Gysin. I am honored to have provided the image used for these reproductions to the publisher, from my personal copy of the first Olympia Press edition. Every true collector & devotee of WSB should acquire this edition. "Naked Lunch is a blueprint, a How-To Book....Black insect lusts open into vast, other planet landscapes....You can cut into Naked Lunch at any intersection point....The days glide by strung on a syringe with a long thread of blood....Motel...Motel...Motel...broken neon arabesque...loneliness moans across the continent like foghorns over still oily water of tidal rivers...." As New. [Item #1401]