Burroughs, William S.
ISBN: (sbn) 670-30281-
New York City, New York: The Viking Press, 1973. First Edition. Hard Cover. Maynard & miles A23, pp. 83-84. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB's work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that "Exterminator! is a call for help, a cry of surprise, a shout of recognition, and a demand for the agent and his god to be exposed. Its formal virtuosity is placed strictly at the disposal of a definition of history and necessity, and an enquiry into the virulence of our addictions to conflict and the potentiality of our dreams of revolt." (pp. 222-223) A compilation of "routines" into book form, it is written in the relatively clearer post cut-up style WSB employs from The Wild Boys onward. Exterminator! was first published in this edition in 1973, followed by various, mostly softcover editions. This is a beautiful, near-fine item that belongs in any serious WSB collection. "A distant cry echoes down cobblestone streets through all the grey basements up the outside stairs to a windy blue sky. "Exterminator!" " Near Fine / near fine. [Item #1051]