Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader

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Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader Essays
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This single-volume compendium follows major themes in the Burroughs oeuvre beginning with works like Junky and Queer, through Naked Lunch and the cut-up novels to Cities of the Red Night and The Cat Inside - placing the work in context of the life, i.e., 'punching a hole in the big lie.' 532p. Pap.

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This judiciously edited collection contains representative excerpts from a lifetime's published work, ranging from Junkie (1953) to My Education: A Book of Dreams (1995). It also features the initial chapter of "And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks," an unpublished novel coauthored with Jack Kerouac. The selections, tracing "recurring themes and characters in Burroughs's work," are arranged more or less chronologically in nine sections. Grauerholz, Burroughs's longtime friend and literary executor, opens each section with an essay that provides biographical, historical, and textual background. A CD sampler of Burroughs performing some of his most memorable routines accompanies the text, and the sound of Burroughs's voice is sure to enhance a new reader's appreciation of his prose. An excellent introduction to the man and his work, this carefully designed reader belongs in all literature collections.?William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information.

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