Two Original Pages of Hand-Typed Cut-Up Writings. William S. Burroughs.
Two Original Pages of Hand-Typed Cut-Up Writings
Two Original Pages of Hand-Typed Cut-Up Writings
Two Original Pages of Hand-Typed Cut-Up Writings

Two Original Pages of Hand-Typed Cut-Up Writings

London, England: William S. Burroughs, Circa 1965. Original Manuscripts. Single Sheets. Hand-typed manuscripts by William S. Burroughs. "Dear Charles Plymell:/ "Now" is an excellent (magazine) and I thank you for/ sending it to me-- Reading through the issue I typed out passages that/ struck some particular chord of association in one column and in another/ column pieces of dream and text and the last words of Dutch Schultz and/ the Farmer's Almanac preparing a composite text which I hope you can use/ in a subsequent issue. I enclose (also) the two columns from which the text was made to show the method.. Best of luck with (your) (magazine)/ Cordially/ William S. Burroughs." Thus does the foremost figure of the Beat Generation & Beyond describe two pages of his hand-typed text, created for & sent to legendary literary outlaw Charles Plymell. The pages were indeed published in the third & last issue, "Now Now Now," in 1965 (Maynard & Miles, C129, pg. 143). The mid-1960s was the high tide of WSB contributions to myriad independent-underground magazines, at the zenith of the "Mimeo Revolution." For example, at the same time that these pages were reproduced in Charles' journal, short works by WSB appeared in many issues of Jeff Nuttal's "My Own Mag." WSB continued his friendship & fruitful collaborations with Charles & his wife Pamela Beach Plymell for the rest of his life. The Plymells' Cherry Valley Editions published WSB's Cobblestone Gardens (1976) & Tornado Alley (1989). We most highly recommend the article "Charles Plymell and Now" by Jed Birmingham on the great website Reality Studio: A William S. Burroughs Community (http://realitystudio.org/bibliographic-bunker/charles-plymell-and-now/), which contains a wealth of information about WSB, Charles Plymell & this intensely productive period, including images of these pages as they appeared in the issue. We offer these two original pages, known by the title of the composite text as "Afterbirth of Dream Now," which we obtained directly from the Plymells. As WSB explained in the note to Charles quoted above, there are apparently four ingredients mixed in the page of columns & further mixed in the page of composite text subsequently prepared from them: Passages from the first issue of "Now"; fragments of WSB's dreams; quotes from the last, hallucinatory deathbed statements of 1930s American gangster Dutch Schultz; & the venerable Farmer's Almanac. As all WSB aficionados know, he dedicated an entire book-length work to Schultz's fascinatingly proto-cut-up last words, the complete, definitive version of which appeared in 1975, a decade after these pages were typed; and that among the highlights of his latest works is My Education: A Book of Dreams, a record-diary of his dreams published three decades later in 1995. These precious, original pages constitute the most singular, important WSB collectible we have ever offered thus far- the cut-up method in action by its supreme practitioner at the height of his inspiration & innovation. Both pages with text on one side only in relatively very fine condition despite their age & delicacy: Two-columned cut-up text on off-white blank letter size (8&1/2" x 11") paper with two light horizontal creases across surface where originally folded into thirds; very light creasing & waving throughout surface; very minor rubbing & a few spots at blank margins of same; one thin angled cut along blank upper left edge & corner (approx. 1&2/3"); tiny fold at lower right corner. One-column composite cut-up text on light green letter size ledger sheet with rounded corners & three mechanically punched holes near blank left edge; two light horizontal creases across surface where originally folded into thirds; very light creasing across surface esp. textless margins; two very small spots at blank upper edge near right corner. Both texts esp. one-column composite alternate between black & red typewriter ink; two-column text with nine X'd-out words or small groups of words; occasional misspellings, scramblings & connecting of words that are not necessarily the result of WSB's cut-up method, but rather exemplary. Very Fine. [Item #2908]

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