[Item #5889] The Adding Machine: Selected Essays. William S. Burroughs.
The Adding Machine: Selected Essays
The Adding Machine: Selected Essays
The Adding Machine: Selected Essays
The Adding Machine: Selected Essays

The Adding Machine: Selected Essays

ISBN: 0805000003
New York, NY: Seaver Books, 1986. First American Edition. Hardcover. "...William S. Burroughs has produced a body of work unique in our time. He has laid bare the seamy side of human existence, exposed the blatant hypocrisies of politics, science, and big business, and stripped the veneer from the surface respectability of the middle-class world. His satire is acidly funny, his sexual fantasies as wild as they are deeply disturbing, his fiction as innovative and daring as that of any writer since (James) Joyce. In these scintillating essays he writes wittily and wisely about himself, his interests, his influences, his friends and foes. He offers candid and not always flattering assessments of such diverse writers as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Proust. He ruminates on science and the often dubious paths into which it seems intent on leading us, whether into outer or inner space. His comments on genetics and mind control are as prescient as they are probing. He reviews his reviewers, explains his famous "cut-up" method, discusses the role coincidence has played in his life and his work. As satirist and parodist, he has no peer, as these varied works, written over three decades, amply reveal." (from front & rear flaps) A compilation of essays by William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), Founding Father of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond, among the greatest literary & cultural figures of all time, & the Icon-Patron of our very enterprise. A favorite source of delight for this Burroughsian writer, I am especially tickled by "Women- A Biological Mistake?" (pgs. 124-126), which begins in quintessentially deadpan WSB fashion with: "I realize I am widely perceive as a misogynist." Now why would anyone think that? Offered here is the first American edition (preceded by the first UK edition the previous year, 1985), hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $16.95 price & "0686" printed at front flap), "First American Edition" as stated on copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. Shoaf, Section I, No. 67b, pg. 55; Schottlaender (newest 5.0 edition!), A56(B), pg. 21. A classic collection of WSB's inimitably rich & rewarding essays from the 1950s-1980s; an essential WSB collectible in its penultimately rarest original form. Book in fine condition with mild rubbing, fading & a bit of wear at/near edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; moderate browning, spotting at upper edge of text block; much less at side & lower edges of same. Interior very fine with only miniscule bleeding of spots onto side-edges of a few page leaves; otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket near-fine with moderate-to-significant browning, rubbing & spotting esp. at/near edges & corners of front, back covers, spine & flaps; much less so at other surfaces of same; very light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same incl. one very short, mostly closed tear at upper rear flap/back cover corner with very slight loss of paper. Fine / Near Fine. [Item #5889]

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