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The Letters of William S. Burroughs: Volume…

The Letters of William S. Burroughs: Volume I: 1945-1959

by William S. Burroughs

Other authors: Oliver Harris (Editor)

Series: Letters of William Burroughs (1)

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Great insights into his writing during Naked Lunch, Interzone, etc. He often tried out material in the letters he wrote. ( )
  Bradley_Kramer | May 16, 2014 |
Necessary reading for the completist & scholar, but a trifle too involved in the minutiae of Burroughs' life to be of interest to the passing reader. Provides insight into the works in progress of the time ('Junky', 'Queer', 'The Yagé Letters', 'Naked Lunch') and the means by which they were assembled, correspondence being a vital component of the Beats' creative process-- perhaps moreso in Burroughs' case than any of the others. ( )
  revD | Apr 7, 2007 |
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ESSAYS, JOURNALS, LETTERS & OTHER PROSE WORKS. Beginning as surprisingly formal notes from the road to his friends Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the letters gradually deepen in substance and style. Burroughs' letters show the development of both the man and the writer, vividly documenting his (often turbulent) personal and cultural history. The collection provides a key to opening up and contextualizing Burroughs' fiction, but more than that it shows how letter-writing was itself integral to his life and creative process.… (more)

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