The Burroughs File

Author(s): William S. Burroughs


Trenchant writings by that sardonic "hombre invisible," William Seward Burroughs, perpetrator ofNaked 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 fromWhite Subway,Cobblestone Gardens, andThe Retreat Diaries, this collection delineates Burroughs' comprehensive world-view and his "insurrectionary sense of America's underside," as Tom Carson epitomized it inThe 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, andThe 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, andCities of the Red Night.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780872861527
  • : City Lights Books
  • : City Lights Books
  • : 0.28
  • : January 2001
  • : .6 Inches X 5.4 Inches X 8 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William S. Burroughs
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 227