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The Burroughs File

Burroughs, William S.

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ISBN 10: 0872861589 / ISBN 13: 9780872861589
Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA, 1984
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Tight, clean and crisp. Slight tanning to pages, otherwise Fine/Fine. No inscriptions. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. Protected in a new Mylar cover. Scarce. ; 8vo; 227 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 12431

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Title: The Burroughs File

Publisher: City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Trenchant writings by that sardonic "hombre invisible," William Seward Burroughs, perpetrator of Naked Lunch and other shockers. These malefic and beatific, mordant and hilarious straight-face reports on life are mostly from scatter-shot publications in obscure places, foreign and domestic. Including complete texts from White Subway, Cobblestone Gardens, and The Retreat Diaries, this collection delineates Burroughs' comprehensive world-view and his "insurrectionary sense of America's underside,” as Tom Carson epitomized it in The Village Voice.

Also included are essays on Burroughs by Alan Ansen and Paul Bowles, and facsimile pages from the famous cut-up scrapbooks of the mid-century: The Book of Hours, John Brady's Book, and The Old Farmer's Almanac.

"...his Swiftian vision of a processed, prepackaged life, of a kind of electrochemical totalitarianism, often evokes the black laughter of hilarious horror."—Playboy

"Burroughs may be our only writer whose socio-political apacalyptica transcend both paranoia and triviality; his imagination is superb, his ear savagely satiric."—Kirkus Reviews

"Burroughs is the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift."—Jack Kerouac

William Burroughs (1915-1997) is widely recognized as one of the most innovative writers of the twentieth century. His books include: Junky, Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, and Cities of the Red Night.

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William Burroughs (1915-1997) is widely reconized as one of the most innovative writers of the twentieth century. His books include: Junky, Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, and Cities of the Red Night.

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