Naked Lunch


Published by Grove Press, Inc., New York, 1959
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Title: Naked Lunch

Publisher: Grove Press, Inc., New York

Publication Date: 1959

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: pictorial dust jacket (fine)

Edition: First edition, first issue dust jacket.


Octavo. original half black cloth lettered in gilt over black boards, top edges stained black. "First published 50 years ago, William S. Burroughs' novel Naked Lunch is a dark, wild ride through the terror of heroin addiction and withdrawal, filled with paranoia, erotica and drug-fueled hallucinations.In an introduction (of sorts) to the novel, Burroughs wrote that the book was a result of "detailed notes on sickness and delirium" that he took during his 15 years of heroin addiction. As he explained in a 1985 interview: "It was just my character. . I always was attracted to the run-down, or the old or the offbeat."Burroughs hadn't always intended to be a man of letters. An heir to the Burroughs Adding Machine Company, he initially studied medicine at Harvard before falling into the group of misfit writers who eventually evolved into "The Beats." Though Burroughs said his work had little in common stylistically with fellow Beats Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, he credits their encouragement in helping him get started."I sort of resisted the idea of being a writer," he said. "But Jack [Kerouac] definitely did encourage me. And he said that I would write a novel called . Naked Lunch. That's his title, Kerouac." - from ÔNPR: All Things Considered. Bookseller Inventory # 30626

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