New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1984 25th Anniversary Edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Burroughs to Steven Lowe on the title page: "For Steve /with friendship / over many years / and places / New York, Sante Fe / Boulder / William S. Burroughs / May 21, 1991". Publisher's black cloth and black boards, lettered in red; in the original yellow dust jacket designed by Peter Morance, lettered in red and black. Fine book; fine, unclipped dust jacket. A beautiful copy, inscribed by Burroughs. Burroughs inscribed this copy of Naked Lunch to his close friend, assistant, and collaborator Steve Lowe. As Mark Van de Walle comments in a 2011 article about Lowe and his Beat Hotel for The Paris Review, "Steve and William were close and more than close They were friends, although that word seems pallid to describe their relationship, more intimate than most marriages." Similarly, Lowe and Burroughs' professional relationship extended beyond the usual boundaries. As Van de Walle explains, Lowe was "William Burroughs's amanuensis, a position that combined the duties of researcher, artist's assistant, gallerist, and Official Writer's-Block Breaker." Over the course of their friendship, which spanned well over a quarter century, Lowe amassed a sizeable collection of Burroughs ephemera and signed materials, including this copy of Naked Lunch. Originally published in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch is a series of vignettes, intended to be read independently of one another. The title, as Burroughs explains in his introduction, "means exactly what the words say a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork." The stories follow drug addict William Lee as he travels to a variety of locations; each story is loosely based on Burroughs' own experiences with drugs in these locations. As John Ciardi commented in his June 27, 1959 review for The Saturday Review, "what Burroughs is writing about is not only the destruction of depraved men by their drug lust, but the destruction of all men by their consuming addictions, whether the addiction be drugs or over righteous propriety, lasciviousness or sixteen-year-old girls.". Inscribed by Author. Hard Cover. Fine/Dust Jacket Included. (Inventory #: WB035)
19th & 20th Century American and English Literature, Modern First Editions, Signed and Presentation Copies
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