The Paris Review Vol. 9 No. 35 (Fall 1965). George Plimpton, William S. Burroughs, Edward Dorn, Charles Henri Ford, Dizzy Gillespie, Ron Padgett, Aram Saroyan.
The Paris Review Vol. 9 No. 35 (Fall 1965)

The Paris Review Vol. 9 No. 35 (Fall 1965)

Paris, France: Sadruddin Aga Khan, 1965. First Printing. Softcover. This vintage number of the prestigious literary journal then-chiefly edited by George Plimpton includes the first appearance of one of the most well-known & important interviews of William S. Burroughs, which occurred in his birthplace of St. Louis, Missouri when he revisited there briefly during 1965. Conducted by the acclaimed biographer-journalist Conrad Knickerbocker (who committed suicide the following year), this lengthy interview is full of insight into the life & work of WSB from himself in middle age, still being plumbed by scholars. Preceding the interview is a photograph of WSB in Paris from 1960 taken by Charles Henri Ford, & it is interspersed with facsimiles of three pages from WSB's journal that he created while in St. Louis, consisting of cut-up collages of texts & images. Following the interview is "St. Louis Return," a diary-essay-journal hybrid by WSB. Elegiac, reflective, quintessentially Burroughsian, this is a now-classic work in his canon. See Maynard & Miles, C127 , pg. 143; E3, pg. 201; Shoaf, Section III, No. 83, pg. 133; Schottlaender, C119, pg. 41. Also in this issue is an interview with Jazz Giant Dizzy Gillespie, two prose-poems by Edward Dorn, a poem by Ron Padgett, another by Aram Saroyan, & more. With notes on contributors, contemporary ads. Large-format softcover in sewn binding, complete with attached sheet of subscription cards. The most consequential WSB-related issue in this most collectible series, in exceptionally very fine condition: Very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; a few vertical wrinkle-creases at upper spine undoubtedly as issued rather than from use; very light rubbing at upper & lower edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4072]

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