Junky: The Definitive Text of "Junk" [NOOK Book]

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Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.

In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of...
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Overview


Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.

In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. For this definitive edition, renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has gone back to archival typescripts to re-created the author's original text word by word. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, Junky takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs’s first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre.

One of the most powerful novels about drug addiction, in its first complete, unexpurgated edition. Introduction by Allen Ginsberg.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Reads today as fresh and unvarnished as it ever has."-Will Self on Junky

“Of all the Beat Generation writers, William S. Burroughs was the most dangerous. . . . He was anarchy’s double agent, an implacable enemy of conformity and of all agencies of control-from government to opiates.”—Rolling Stone

“The most important writer to emerge since World War II. . . . For his sheer visionary power, and for his humor, I admire Burroughs more than any living writer, and most of those who are dead.”—J.G. Ballard

“William was a Shootist. He shot like he wrote—with extreme precision and no fear.”—Hunter S. Thompson

“A book of great beauty . . . . Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.” —Norman Mailer

“Ever since Naked Lunch . . . Burroughs has been ordained America’s most incendiary artist.”—Los Angeles Times

“Burroughs voice is hard, derisive, inventive, free, funny, serious, poetic, indelibly American.”—Joan Didion

“In 1953, at the height of American conformism and anti-communist hysteria, William S. Burroughs published Junky, an irresistible strung-out ode to the joys and perversities of drug addiction. . . . Junky eschews allegory for scrupulous realism. . . . More than anything else, Junky reads like a field guide to the American underworld.”—The Daily Beast

“Retro-cool, like something Don Draper might find in the Greenwich Village pad of that reefer-smoking painter he was seeing in the first season of Mad Men.”—Las Vegas Weekly on Naked Lunch

“A creator of grim fairy tales for adults, Burroughs spoke to our nightmare fears and, still worse, to our nightmare longings. . . . And more than any other postwar wordsmith, he bridged generations; popularity in the youth culture is greater now than during the heady days of the Beats.”—The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Burroughs seems to revel in a new medium . . . a medium totally fantastic, spaceless, timeless, in which the normal sentence is fractured, the cosmic tries to push its way through the bawdry, and the author shakes the reader as a dog shakes a rat.”—Anthony Burgess on The Ticket That Exploded

“In Burroughs’ hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever.”—The New York Times on The Ticket That Exploded

“Macabre, funny, reverberant, grotesque.”—The New York Review of Books on Nova Express

“Hypnotic; I wish I could quote, but it takes several pages to get high on this stuff. . . . Funny . . . outrageous along the lines of Burroughs’s well-established scatology. He can think of the wildest parodies of erotic exuberance and invent the weirdest places for demonstrating them.”—Harper’s Magazine on Nova Express

“One of the most interesting pieces of radical fiction we have.”—The Nation on The Soft Machine

“In Burroughs’ hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever.”—The New York Times on The Wild Boys

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802194053
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 141,947
  • File size: 3 MB

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.

Biography

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.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction
Prologue
Junky 1
Glossary 129
App. 1 Chapter 28 of the Original "Junk" Manuscript 134
App. 2 "Introduction" to the Original "Junk" manuscript 139
App. 3 Letter from William Burroughs to A. A. Wyn (1959) 144
App. 4 "Junkie: An Appreciation" (1952) by Allen Ginsberg 146
App. 5 Carl Solomon's Publisher's Note in Junkie (1953) 150
App. 6 Foreword to Junkie (1964) by Carl Solomon 152
App. 7 Introduction to Junky (1977) by Allen Ginsberg 154
Notes 159
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    My First Introduction to William S. Burroughs

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    ALIXON LOVES.....

    POPCORN WITH PICKLE JUICE AND TABASCO SAUCE

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Junk

    Need to score

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    Posted April 13, 2013

    Johnna

    Serena? Do i know you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Lexi

    Lmaooo xD i betta put ma pop down!! Its gettin funky up in here! ;D *sets pop on a table and randomly dances*

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    Posted April 13, 2013

    Jade

    Today was cleaning day.... i cleaned for about 6 hrs.....ugh

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    Posted April 13, 2013

    Os

    Broom..? Why? XD

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    Posted April 22, 2013

    Hunter

    Whats the matter with her

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    Posted April 13, 2013

    Hidy

    I need advise can someone help me pls:/

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    Posted April 7, 2013

    Phil

    Can i wrk here?

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    Im here

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    Posted April 7, 2013

    Cathy to hope

    Hii can i have a stawberry/banana smoothie plzzz

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    Posted April 7, 2013

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    Hey

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    Posted April 7, 2013

    Amber

    Sh nodded slightly. "I might if only to continue to speak with you"

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    Posted April 7, 2013

    Skyker to manager

    Can i work here

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    Doing her nails lol they r pink nd purple

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    What type of smoothues do you???

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