Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk (50th Anniversary Edition)

Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk (50th Anniversary Edition)

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by William S. Burroughs
     
 

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Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch, an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junk, his first book, a candid, eyewitness account of times and places that are now long gone. This book brings them vividly to life again; it is an unvarnished field report from the American postwar underground. For this definitive 50th-anniversary edition, eminent

Overview

Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch, an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junk, his first book, a candid, eyewitness account of times and places that are now long gone. This book brings them vividly to life again; it is an unvarnished field report from the American postwar underground. For this definitive 50th-anniversary edition, eminent Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has painstakingly re-created the author's original text, word by word, from archival typescripts. Here for the first time are Burroughs's own unpublished Introduction and an entire omitted chapter, along with many "lost" passages and auxiliary texts by Allen Ginsberg and others. Harris's comprehensive Introduction reveals the composition history of Junk's text and places its contents against a lively historical background.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142003169
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
50th Anniversary Definitive Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)—guru of the Beat Generation, controversial éminence grise of the international avant-garde, dark prophet, and blackest of black humor satirists—had a range of influence rivaled by few post-World War II writers. His many books include Naked Lunch, Queer, Exterminator!, The Cat Inside, The Western Lands, and Interzone.

Oliver Harris edited The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1945-1959. He is currently a lecturer in American Literature at the University of Keele.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 4, 1914
Date of Death:
August 2, 1997
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Death:
Lawrence, Kansas
Education:
Los Alamos Ranch School; A.B., Harvard University, 1936; graduate study, 1938

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Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk (50th Anniversary Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written. One gets the feel that the narrator is truly an addict. I found most intriguing that which was purposefully NOT written in this book. This man's life IS his addiction. Other events, which for most people are major milestones or reasons for celebration, are merely glossed over - barely mentioned. To the discerning reader, it even greater emphasizes that this man's life, love, dedication, drive, and passions are soley committed to that of heroin. Its ending just seels this masterpiece.
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POPCORN WITH PICKLE JUICE AND TABASCO SAUCE
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Im srry to say it * lays down gun* i just shot the lorax
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THE PARTYS BEEN MOVED TO FRUIT SMOOTHIE RES 1 BYE PLEASE COME
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This book is honest. Thank the lord, this book is honest. Any description of condition or of desperation is accurate, and shows the human nature of the narrator. There is no pretty sugar coating, and if it is, the description isn't over-done. This is what an Autobiography should be. Honest, descriptive, comprehensible, and exposed. Thank the lord.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was like entering a new world for me. I know a lot about drugs (and that is why I myself don't do them), but I am not around drugs everyday like Burroughs was. That's all his life was about...junk. Burroughs' life revoles around junk and no matter what he does to try to quit he just ends up doing it again. I personally did not like this book because it did not catch my interest, but it was written very well. The stories he told of his life with junk were very descriptive and the life he lived was easy to visualize. If you like a life of uncertainty and wildness (with drugs, of course) then this book is for you.
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