Speed. William S. Burroughs Jr.
Speed

Speed

London, England: Sphere Books Limited, 1971. First British Edition Thus. Softcover. "SPEED is the autobiographical novel of William Burroughs Jr's methedrine inspired Odyssey through New York's asphalt jungle. With painful candor he explores the horizons of the speed freak's world- hustling for dope and money, harassed by the police, crashing in overcrowded, garbage strewn pads, and guiding his paranoid needle-brother Chad through the dangerous city streets. Totally stripped of remorse, self pity or sentiment, SPEED is a milestone in the younger generation's alienation from middle class society and its values." (back cover) The barely fictionalized memoir by William S. Burroughs III (1947-1981), son of WSB who was born to a severely benzedrine-&-alcohol addicted mother, Joan Vollmer, whom his father accidentally shot & killed when he was only five years old; & who would precede his father's death by sixteen years. With a brief foreword by Allen Ginsberg, where he wrote: "Senior had done his first job with the universe. Where will consciousness go next generation?" Well, in answer to Ginsberg's question, you might say that "Billy" (as WSB III was called) is where the buck stopped. This is the first British edition thus, issued a year or so after the first edition published in the UK & USA by Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press (publisher of the first editions of WSB's Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine & The Ticket That Exploded). Mass-market format softcover with its own unique cover art featuring a menacing junkie's syringe over a clay figure that we think resembles Roger Daltrey circa "Who's Next." A very interesting & quite rare early incarnation of this work which is important in its own right; for the completist WSB-&-Son collector. In near-fine condition with moderate-to-mild rubbing, scratching & light creasing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & small-to-tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; moderate browning, rubbing & scratching at edges of text block. Interior very fine with only inevitable browning esp. at blank margins of pulp-quality page leaves; small-to-tiny bumps at upper corners of first 20-30 of same; stamped series of small numbers at blank upper right corner of first page. Near Fine. [Item #3390]

Price: $75.00