The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead. William S. Burroughs.

The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead

ISBN: 039417819X
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1973. First Evergreen Black Cat Edition, First Printing (First Edition Thus). Softcover. Maynard & Miles, A20 (d), pg. 77. 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 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. As stated, this is the first Evergreen Black Cat Edition, First Printing, published by Barney Rosset's Grove Press. It is actually the second softcover version, the first under the Black Cat imprint (see Maynard & Miles, pg. 77). A collectible version of an important WSB work, in very fine condition with only moderate browning, creasing & tiny gauges to front, back covers, edges & spine; interior very fine with only mild browning to edges of pages. Bookseller's (rather interesting) small sticker on lower left corner of back cover. "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."(pg. 50). Very Fine. [Item #1877]

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