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180 letters dispatched from his self-imposed exile in East Texas, Mexico City and Tangiers chronicle Burroughs's early development as a writer.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The first of a projected two volumes, these letters cover the activities of Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac in the years that gave birth to the Beat Generation. Written mostly to Ginsberg or Kerouac, the letters provide a rare glimpse into Burroughs's psyche, revealing his struggle with drug addiction, his confusion over his sexual identity, and his search for a form fluid enough to mirror his mind and art. Although much of this correspondence first appeared in Letters to Allen Ginsberg 1953-1957 (1982) and in The Yage Letters (1963), this new collection is highly recommended both for the additional letters it contains and for its detailed explanatory notes.
- William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Well selected and annotated. Almost all the letters in this collection are to Allen Ginsburg or Jack Kerouac, which is a bit of a disappointment compared to the second... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Molly Millions
This book, like "Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of Williams S. Burroughs" (by Ted Morgan)--which I read shortly after "The Letters"--was inspiring, enlightening, and often... Read morePublished on July 25, 2010 by Stephen C. Bird
OK so I've had this on my wishlist for a long time. I think the letters are signifcant in every literary sense, not just as keys to the biography of Burroughs the writer. Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Rino Breebaart
This is a necessary addition to your Burroughs library. Interesting insights into WSB. Companion to Yage Letters, Naked Lunch.Published on August 2, 2007 by The Passionate Ornithologist
If you are a fan of Burrough's cut-up texts and really want to come to understand this engimatic figure, this collection will provide a treasure trove of information regarding his... Read morePublished on June 17, 1998