[Item #5895] With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker. Victor Bockris, William S. Burroughs.
With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker
With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker
With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker
With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker

With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker

ISBN: 0394518098
New York, NY: Seaver Books, 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. "For more than twenty years- since the publication of Naked Lunch in 1959 and, more recently, Cities of the Red Night- William Burroughs has remained the most defiantly original and iconoclastic American writer of his time. With a Joycean devotion to writing, a healthy paranoia based on harsh realities, and a Swiftean sense of satire, Burroughs has fashioned a fictional universe that is savage, hilarious, and above all painfully accurate. But who is the man behind this unique fictional creation? What are his opinions on sex, drugs, men and women, dreams and death? In these pages Victor Bockris, an English writer and inveterate Burroughs-watcher, has recorded and captured the real William Burroughs. For the past six years Bockris has followed Burroughs in his private and public life, both alone and with a parade of friends, acquaintances, and colleagues that includes Allen Ginsberg, Terry Southern, Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Christopher Isherwood, and Susan Sontag. What emerges is a totally fascinating character, one who suffers fools poorly but who is candid, honest, tough, pragmatic, and above all brilliant. Here, in his own words, is the first portrait-in-the-round of one of the Deans of American Letters." (from front & rear flaps) The now-classic biography-memoir of William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), Founding Father of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond, one of the foremost literary & cultural figures of all time, & the very Icon-Patron of Third Mind Books. British-born author Victor Bockris (b. 1949) followed WSB when he resided in "The Bunker" (a former YMCA locker room at John Giorno's residence on the Bowery in NYC) from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, & became, we might say, Burroughs' Boswell, recording & transcribing WSB's conversations with Bockris & many celebrities including those noted above. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, "First Edition 1981" as stated on copyright page, "First Printing 1981" as also stated thereon. With many captioned photographs, mostly taken by Bockris, of WSB & Co. throughout. Shoaf, Section IV, No. 80, pg. 176; Schottlaender (new 5.0 edition!), H8(B), pg. 183. Schottlaender interestingly refers to a slightly earlier, shorter edition translated into Italian, noted as "True 1st ed. of, and published in expanded form as..." (this volume, H8(A), pg. 183). An early & indispensable window into the life of WSB upon his return to the USA following a quarter-century of legendary (mostly) expatriate adventures; an essential WSB-related collectible in its rarest original full English-language form. Book in relatively very fine condition with very light rubbing, fading at/near edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; a touch of wear at same; moderate spotting to upper edge of text block. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Dust jacket near-fine with mild rubbing, browning & faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at/near edges & corners of same incl. a few mostly closed, very short tears at upper spine-edge & lower front cover edge with miniscule loss of paper, surface paper. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #5895]

Price: $60.00