Naked Lunch (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition). William S. Burroughs.
Naked Lunch (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition)
Naked Lunch (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition)
Naked Lunch (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition)
Naked Lunch (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition)
Naked Lunch (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition)

Naked Lunch (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition)

ISBN: 0394538846
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1984. First Trade Edition Thus. Hardcover. "Naked Lunch established William S. Burroughs' reputation as a major postwar American writer, and it remains the single work by Burroughs that has received the most critical attention: it is a landmark constantly reread and reinterpreted. Since the first publication of Naked Lunch in Paris...Burroughs has created a body of fiction that makes him one of our foremost experimentalist writers. Yet, Naked Lunch deserves its preeminence as Burroughs' most famous book, for it is a powerful vision whose iconoclastic force has not declined with the passage of time. The vision of Naked Lunch is both a critique of present structures of reality and a revision of those structures: the result is a new consciousness that creates its own artistic form through a variety of avant-garde prose techniques." (from Introduction by Jennie Skerl, pg. v) The immortal work by William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) which, along with Allen Ginsberg's Howl & Jack Kerouac's On the Road, catapulted the Beat Generation onto notoriety. The impact & influence of Naked Lunch has yet steadily increased in the now-sixty-two years (as of this writing) since its first publication in Paris during 1959. Here we offer the official Twenty-Fifth anniversary edition published in 1984 by Grove Press, Barney Rosset's great imprint which issued the first American edition in 1962. With a special introduction (quoted above) written for this edition by Jennie Skerl, the acclaimed scholar & academician whose very important critical study of WSB's life & work would be published the following year (1985). Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first trade edition thus, "First Printing 1984" as stated on copyright page, published simultaneously with a signed limited edition as noted thereon. Shoaf, Section I, No. 2qq, pg. 22; Schottlaender, A2(J), pg. 4. On the blank front paste-down is the former owner's bookplate with the initials "B.E.C.S."- none other than Brian E.C. Schottlaender himself, author of the most complete WSB bibliography to date entitled "Anything But Routine" & now in its fourth ever-expanded edition. We always consult our good friend Brian's ABR Bible for certification of all our WSB-related rarities (as above). We are honored to present this quite scarce version of WSB's canonical classic from this great authority's own collection. Book in very fine condition with only very light wear to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; several very small, clear spot-stains at front blank black board; light rubbing to upper edge of text block; one tiny spot at lower edge of same. Interior very fine, substantially mint with prestigious-provenance bookplate noted above. Dust jacket fine with mild rubbing & faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & flaps; moderate fading/ sunning to spine, somewhat significant at red-colored title. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #4567]

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