New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1971. First Edition. Hardcover. 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.
In fine condition with only slightest rubbing to front, back covers at bottom fine-edge & spine-edge; slight shelf-wear to same; bump-crease at top right-hand corner of front cover; bump to bottom right-hand corner of same; light bump to bottom left-hand corner of back cover; minor gauge on back cover just below center-middle near rightmost fine-edge; minor 3/4" horizontal crease to spine at bottom, likely resultant from simple shelf-wear. Dust jacket in fine condition, with only slightest rubbing to front, back covers esp. at fine-edges; minute chipping, closed tear to bottom left corner of front cover; closed tear to top left-hand corner of same; slightest closed tear at back cover; price-clip to recto flap of dust jacket at top left; former bookseller price written in black thin pen ink below clip.
"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." Fine / fine. [Item #1047]