William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need. Eric Mottram, William S. Burroughs.
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need

William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need

ISBN: 0714525626
London, England: Marion Boyars, 1977. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed by Eric Mottram to Richard Ellis. "In this strikingly original discussion of (William S.) Burroughs' work, Eric Mottram highlights his subject's intensely contemporary morality and his predominating concern for the erosion of individual choice. Burroughs' consistent social aim is to achieve freedom from mythology and to restore the individual's enjoyment of privacy and dignity. (Mottram) demonstrates how Burroughs' inspired use of science fiction and black humour illustrate society's multitudinous addictional dependencies- ranging from God to heroin, television to the Queen. Although he has been one of the most controversial and misunderstood writers of the century, Burroughs here stands revealed as an author of international renown who draws strength from the American literary tradition of concern for the problems of leadership and authority- and from the ensuing possibilities and limitations of dissent." (from front flap) The now-classic early critical study of the work of William S. Burroughs, Founding Father of the Beat Generation & among the most influential literary & cultural figures of all time, by the acclaimed British poet, scholar & educator Eric Mottram (1924-1995). Offered here is the first complete edition, hardcover in clipped dust jacket, first edition published in the UK, a part of publisher's "Critical Appraisals" series. Shoaf, Section IV, 30(b), pg. 170; Schottlaender, I38(B), pg. 152. On the blank front endpaper, Mottram has hand-written, signed & dated: "For Dick Ellis-/ with best wishes-/ from (signed) Eric Mottram/ at Keele University/ Burroughs' 80th Birthday Symposium/ 5-2-94." The recipient of this richly significant inscription, Richard J. Ellis, is himself a noted British Beat Generation scholar, biographer & collector. We also note that among those acknowledged besides WSB himself by Mottram in his introduction is none other than Jim Pennington, the great WSB scholar behind Aloes Books, publisher of the prime WSB collectible White Subway (see Item No.s 2903, 3471, 4021 & 4026) & our esteemed colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu). The crucial critical study that first launched WSB from cult to canonical status, in a most highly collectible form with significant association & provenance. Book in very fine condition with only very light browning & sparse spotting to edges of text block; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; very light wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same & flaps; small publisher's price sticker affixed to blank area near lower right corner of back cover. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4266]

Price: $100.00