*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Yage Letters: an early epistolary novel by William S. Burroughs, whose account of himself as Junkie. The Yage Letters Redux. William S. Burroughs, Author, Allen Ginsberg, Author, Oliver Harris, Editor. City Lights $ (p) ISBN. For forty years The Yage Letters has been one of the most popular texts in the Burroughs oeuvre, a short (18, word) and accessible introduction to his work.

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Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. Ansen’s essay gives a ywge account of Burroughs’ career based on first-hand knowledge, but sets up for the reader a whole series of specific expectations about the letters that are–emphatically–not met.

Many would say that Burroughs loved writing about the ‘underworld’ and ‘darker’ sides of the planet.

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Shifting the latter from the bibliographic margins to the interpretive centre shows the value of material criticism not just for resolving particular interpretive disputes whodunnit–Burroughs or Ferlinghetti? Image from Kulchur 3. Burroughs’ interest in magazines for the part-publication of his manuscripts goes back to his first novel, Junkie. Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in This, the first part of the “Yage” manuscript to be completed in Maywould be the very last part to be included in “In Search of Yage,” only appearing in the third edition, twenty-five years after the first.

However, this book came out in the early sixties, and Burroughs was into the cut-ups then. Nevertheless, it is a nice irony that by far the cheapest of the little magazines should have been the only one to approximate the material form of Burroughs’ letters, and that this particular letter should have been the only one to make decisive use of formal features.


It reads like an entirely self-contained text, and when it ends abruptly without any signing off, the name “William Lee” at the foot of the page set in distinctive bold type seems to identify an author, not a letter-writer.

Craptacular “routine” play thing, possibly more enjoyable if one knows about the politics of the time, possibly not. Burroughs’ involvement with Big Table has become familiar, but only in terms of its publication of the Naked Lunch “Episodes.

Yage letters is a collection of letters between Burroughs and Allen detailing, among other things, …more Junky is a fictionalised version of Lethers life. I lent this yae a person I don’t think I’ll ever see again so I think I’ll have to buy another copy at some point.

Or should the colons be retained for this very reason, since they are material traces carried over from the text’s original part-publication, evidence ltters the determinism of material history at the level of even the smallest bibliographic code? Oetters, the placement of these two texts first makes its invitation only to the reader of the revised edition of The Yage Letters in burroghs, because, as noted, lehters “July 10, ” letter wasn’t included until a dozen years after “I Am Dying, Meester?

I remember reading The Yage Letters for the first time ? The implication for any editing intervention seems clear. It was just magnificent. The result is practical, not ideal; useful and usable, not perfect” I noticed the letters declined in linear fashion. Burroughs and the Global Order. Di Prima elaborates on this aspect, noting that it “was like writing a letter to a bunch of friends” and that she and Jones had a common “sense of urgency of getting the technological advances of, say, Olson, into the hands of, say, Creeley, within two weeks, back and forth” x-xi.


Una horita de fiesta. Annual meeting of society of book reviewers: Pages to import images to Wikidata.

I would like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Keele University for generously providing the leave needed to carry out the research for this essay, and Jim McLaverty for giving supportive feedback. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Jul 19, Jason rated it it was ok Shelves: The second notable piece serves as the epilogue to the book. Especially worth it is the description, if one believes it, of an early gay experience in, I believe, the books first letter, how Burroughs’s narrative moves by playing with the reader’s emotions as he chronicles his own betrayal and manipulation.

The Yage Letters Redux

Burroughs’ praise was certainly emphatic. The fact that her comparison, in effect, inverts the genetic relation burroughss texts affirms once again that the value of this approach goes beyond analysis of individual works to embrace the intertextual relations between them. Roosevelt after Inauguration” in Bear number 9, no contemporary reader would likely have made any connection between it and the texts published in number 5.