The Cat Inside (Advance Uncorrected Proofs). William S. Burroughs.

The Cat Inside (Advance Uncorrected Proofs)

ISBN: 0670844659
New York, NY: Viking Press, 1992. First Printing. Softcover. These are the "Advance Uncorrected Proofs" preceding the first publication of William S. Burroughs' classic late work. WSB had a life-long fondness for & deep interest in cats. This writer recalls his furry friends joining me on the couch as I sat opposite the then-living Beat-&-Beyond legend at his home; & we stood at the grave of Ruski, his late favorite, in the backyard. With front-endpaper page noting that these are "Unrevised and unpublished proofs. Confidential..." & a short information blurb, not found in the first official trade-published work that includes this: "The Cat Inside is William Burroughs' brilliant, witty, and moving discourse on cats. It combines deadpan routines with an account of the author's unexpected friendship with an orphaned cat named Ruski, and a meditation on the long, mysterious relationship between cats and their human hosts, which Burroughs traces back to the Egyptian cult of the "animal other." With its inimitable bouquet of street sense and arcane erudition, wide band consciousness and whiplash prose, The Cat Inside is a genuine revelation for Burroughs fans and cat lovers alike." From the collection of Jim McCrary, a poet & educator who has long resided in Lawrence, Kansas, where he was a friend & associate of WSB during his later years there. A very rare & desirable version of this WSB collectible, with significant provenance. In very fine condition with only mild rubbing & scratching of laminated front, back cover & spine wraps; very light wear & tiny bumps at thin edges & corners of same; mild spotting & light browning of text block edges esp. upper & side edges; small areas of very light staining near upper left corner of front cover, lower side text block & slightly onto front, back cover edges. Interior very fine, with only light stain of lower side text block noted above continuing very slightly onto lower side edge area of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3023]

Price: $100.00