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    DescriptionSince its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume--that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs--is a valuable and fresh experience of a novel that has lost none of its relevance or satirical bite.


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    Title
    Naked Lunch
    Subtitle
    The Restored Text
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William S Burroughs, Edited by James Grauerholz, Edited by Barry Miles
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 289
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 280 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802122070
    ISBN 10: 0802122078
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5SG
    BIC E4L: GAY
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP050
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/GAY
    BISAC V2.8: SEL013000, FIC019000, FIC011000
    Thema V1.0: FB
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5PSG
    BIC E4L: GLF
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
    Imprint name
    Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
    Publication date
    16 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914 and lived in Chicago, New York, Texas, Paris, Tangier, London, and Lawrence, Kansas, where he died in August 1997. He was the author of numerous books, including Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, Nova Express, The Ticket that Exploded, and The Wild Boys, and was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. James Grauerholz was William Burroughs's longtime manager and editor, and is now his literary executor.
    Review quote
    "A masterpiece. A cry from hell, a brutal, terrifying, and savagely funny book that swings between uncontrolled hallucination and fierce, exact satire." --"Newsweek" "A book of great beauty and manically exquisite insight with a wild and deadly humor . . . The only American novelist who may conceivably be possessed by genius." --Norman Mailer "Burroughs is the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift. . . . The net result of "Naked Lunch" will be to make people shudder at their own lies, will be to make them open up and be straight with one another. Swift and Rabelais and Sterne accomplished a step in that direction, and Burroughs another." --Jack Kerouac "Booty brought back from a nightmare." --"The New York Times" "Burroughs called his greatest novel "Naked Lunch," by which he meant it's what you see on the end of a fork. He's a writer of enormous richness whose books are a kind of attempt to blow up this cozy conspiracy, to allow us to see what's on the end of the fork . . . the truth." --J. G. Ballard "It's a completely powerful and serious book, as good as anything in prose or poetry written by a 'beat' writer, and one of the most alive books written by any American for years. I don't see how it could be considered immoral." --Robert Lowell "An absolutely devastating ridicule of all that is false, primitive, and vicious in current American life: the abuses of power, hero worship, aimless violence, materialistic obsession, intolerance, and every form of hypocrisy." --Terry Southern "Burroughs was the last great avatar of literary modernism and "Naked Lunch" is his most important work. Like an intrepid explorer in to the inner space of the human psyche, Burroughs was unafraid to offer up his own unconscious as a kind of test bed, within which to allow the most sinister and viral of ideas to propagate. It was this activity--part alchemical, part psychological--that allowed him to prophesy with unerring acc