[Item #5065] Tornado Alley. William S. Burroughs.
Tornado Alley
Tornado Alley
Tornado Alley
Tornado Alley

Tornado Alley

New York, NY: Cherry Valley Editions, 1989. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. “Tornado Alley” is a classic, twilight-period anthology-publication from the great William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), Founding Father of the Beat Generation & Beyond; among the greatest, most influential literary & cultural figures of all time. Featuring seven classic short pieces (or "routines") including "The Thanksgiving Prayer," which was delightfully recited & recorded by WSB as well-known to his aficionados. This is the first trade softcover edition (see Shoaf, 72b, pg. 58; Schottlaender, A65, pg. 20) published by Cherry Valley Editions, the imprint of the legendary Charles Plymell & his wife, Pamela Beach Plymell. With front cover art by Don Williams; back cover portrait of WSB by Mary Beach (Pamela's mother & Claude Pelieu's wife); & two quintessentially Burroughsian interior illustrations by S. Clay Wilson, whom WSB preferred as a kindred spirit & who was among the iconic artists of the Zap underground comix classics, the first of which was famously printed by Charles Plymell. “Tornado Valley” is also—as far as Burroughs is concerned—comparatively “light” reading; you will not (unceremoniously, anyway) feel slapped by the macabre or hyper-sexually explicit. You will be subject to a “mug-wumping,” let’s say—and perhaps it’s because that the man had already lived a Life of Lives by this point…approaching his own eventual death with cat-like wisdoms draped always about him; a “Burroughsism” about Shits, Johnsons, and Wise Old Black (well, you know the rest) never far behind. Nearer home (quite literally), the following is noted at colophon: “The manuscript was prepared on a Mac in Word and typeset in Benguiat Book from a computer disk by Delmas Typesetting of Ann Arbor, Michigan.” Trade-format softcover published simultaneously with a limited edition hardcover as stated on copyright page. From the collection of Kevin Ring, esteemed publisher of Beat Scene Press and friend of Third Mind Books. Near Fine. [Item #5065]

Price: $45.00