Burroughs, William S.
The Wild Boys a Book of the Dead
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc. 1971. First Edition. Hard Cover. Maynard & Miles A20a, pp. 73-74 In her fine critical biography, William S. Burroughs, Jennie Skerl writes that "The wild boys represent the release of demonic energy in conscious fantasy, which Burroughs believes is a means of human liberation- both personal and social. By bringing the unconscious irrational desires of the individual and the group to consciousness and by playing with these forces in artistic structures, Burroughs seeks to free, understand, and regulate man's irrational desires." (pg. 83) This work is not dominated by the cut-up method that WSB applied so extensively during the 1960s, and is therefore easier to read although its significance lies beneath its surface. The Wild Boys a Book of the Dead was first published in this edition in 1971, followed by the first British edition published by Calder and Boyars in 1972, with various softcover editions thereafter. See Maynard&Miles A20a-e, pp. 73-78. This item is in relatively exceptional near fine condition, to be sought by the serious collector. "Waves of decoration and architecture have left a series of strata-like exposed geologic formations. There isn't a place in the world you can't find a piece of it in marrakech, a St Louis street, a Mexican cantina, that house straight from England, Alpine huts in the mountains, a vast film set where props are continually shifting." Near Fine / near fine. [Item #1047]