My Education: A Book of Dreams. William S. Burroughs.
My Education: A Book of Dreams
My Education: A Book of Dreams
My Education: A Book of Dreams

My Education: A Book of Dreams

ISBN: 0670813508
New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed by William S. Burroughs to Jim McCrary. "With My Education: A Book of Dreams William S. Burroughs pushes on into new territory, once again committing the unspeakable crime of questioning the reality structure. Dreams have always been a rich source of imagery in Burroughs' work. In this book they are a direct and powerful force. Hundreds of dreams- intense, vivid, visionary- form the spiraling core of a unique and haunting journey into perception. Exploring and embodying Burroughs' provocative ideas on writing, painting, consciousness and creativity, My Education is profoundly personal, and may be as close to a memoir as we will see." (From front & back flaps) The second-to-last book length work published during the lifetime of William S. Burroughs, the foremost Beat-&-Beyond literary & cultural icon (Shoaf, Section I, No. 87, pg. 62). This first edition, first printing hardcover in dust jacket is hand-inscribed & signed by WSB: "For Jim (scratched out letters with lines flying upward, downward & to right side)/ McCrary (tail of "y" extending slightly onto opposite front endpaper)/ The man who/ found my long/ lost Demon/ all the best Demons/ for/ 1995/ (signed) William S. Burroughs (followed by line extending to side edge & very slightly onto edge of title page)." Jim McCrary, a poet & educator, is a long-time resident of Lawrence, Kansas, where he was a friend & associate of WSB during his later years; a member of Burroughs Communications under the leadership of James Grauerholz. McCrary was particularly involved in this production, the first to be cited by WSB in his acknowledgements: "My thanks to Jim McCrary, who over a period of several years carefully transcribed these texts from many hastily jotted notes on scraps of paper and index cards and pages typed with one hand." An astonishingly significant WSB collectible with the most intimate association between the author & the recipient of his inscription. This writer cannot resist noting the special significance of this important, very late work in the WSB canon to myself- it was one of the books, newly published at the time, which I brought with me to my visit with WSB during February of 1995. Before inscribing it, he told me: "The best dreams are the ones you're not in." (see my article, "Back at the Pond: A Visit with William S. Burroughs," in the "Topics" section of our "Newsletter" department). Book in very fine condition with only moderate spotting to edges of text block esp. top edge; same even slighter at front & rear paste-downs & endpapers; ghost of WSB's inscription onto title page from his strong pen impression (adding to value & significance in our estimation); otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket also in very fine condition with only mildest rubbing & scratching to front, back covers; very mild wear, bumps, creasing & curling at thin edges & corners esp. upper spine edge & upper edges of front & rear flaps; mild soiling-spotting of same. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #2918]

Price: $700.00

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