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The Letters of William S. Burroughs: Volume I: 1945-1959


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Publisher Comments:

This volume of correspondence vividly documents the personal and cultural history through which Burroughs developed, revealing clues to illuminate his life and keys to open up his text. "Sheds light on both the personal demons and lacerating misanthropy that inspired Burroughs' brilliant literary highjinks".-- Entertainment Weekly.

About 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.

Oliver Harris edited The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1945-1959. He is currently a lecturer in American Literature at the University of Keele.

Table of Contents

The Letters of William S. Burroughs Introduction by Oliver Harris


July 24—Allen Ginsberg


September 1—Allen Ginsberg

October 10—Allen Ginsberg


February 19—Allen Ginsberg

March 11—Allen Ginsberg

August 8—Allen Ginsberg


February 20—Allen Ginsberg

June 5—Allen Ginsberg And Jack Kerouac

October 14— Allen Ginsberg

November 9—Allen Ginsberg

November 30—Allen Ginsberg

November 30—Jack Kerouac

December 2—Allen Ginsberg


January 10—Allen Ginsberg

January 16—Allen Ginsberg

January 30—Allen Ginsberg

February 7—Allen Ginsberg

March 15—Jack Kerouac

March 18—Allen Ginsberg

April 16—Allen Ginsberg

May 27—Jack Kerouac

June 24—Jack Kerouac

September 26—Jack Kerouac

October 13—Allen Ginsberg

November 2—Jack Kerouac

December 24—Allen Ginsberg


January 1—Jack Kerouac

January 22—Jack Kerouac

March 10—Jack Kerouac

May 1—Allen Ginsberg

September 18—Jack Kerouac


January 1—Allen Ginsberg

January 11—Allen Ginsberg

January 28—Jack Kerouac

March 5—Lucien Carr

April 24—Jack Kerouac

May 5—Allen Ginsberg

May—Allen Ginsberg

May—Jack Kerouac

June 20—Jack Kerouac

November 5—Allen Ginsberg

December 20—Allen Ginsberg


January 19—Allen Ginsberg

March 5—Allen Ginsberg

March 20—Allen Ginsberg

March 26—Jack Kerouac

April 3—Jack Kerouac

April 5—Allen Ginsberg

April—Jack Kerouac

April 14—Allen Ginsberg

April 22—Allen Ginsberg

April 26—Allen Ginsberg

May 15—Allen Ginsberg

May 23—Allen Ginsberg

June 4—Allen Ginsberg

June 23—Allen Ginsberg

Early July—Allen Ginsberg

July 13—Allen Ginsberg

September 18—Allen Ginsberg

October 6 and 14—Allen Ginsberg

November 5—Allen Ginsberg

December 15—Allen Ginsberg

December 23—Allen Ginsberg

December 24—Allen Ginsberg


January 10—Allen Ginsberg

March 1 and 3—Allen Ginsberg

March 5—Allen Ginsberg

April 12—Allen Ginsberg

April 22—Allen Ginsberg

May 5—Allen Ginsberg

May 12—Allen Ginsberg

May 23 and 24—Allen Ginsberg

May 30—Allen Ginsberg

June 5—Allen Ginsberg

June 6—Allen Ginsberg

June 18—Allen Ginsberg

Early July—Allen Ginsberg

July 8—Allen Ginsberg

July 10—Allen Ginsberg

August 3—Allen Ginsberg

August 17—Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac

December 14—Jack Kerouac

December 24—Allen Ginsberg


January 2—Allen Ginsberg

January 26—Allen Ginsberg

February 9—Allen Ginsberg

March 1—Allen Ginsberg

March 12—Neal Cassady

April 7—Allen Ginsberg

April 22—Jack Kerouac

May 2—Neal Cassady

May 4—Jack Kerouac

May 11—Allen Ginsberg

May 24—Jack Kerouac

June 16—Allen Ginsberg

June 24—Allen Ginsberg

July 3 and 4—Allen Ginsberg

July 15, 16, and 22—Allen Ginsberg

August 18—Jack Kerouac

August 26—Allen Ginsberg

September 3—Jack Kerouac

Early October—Allen Ginsberg

October 13—Allen Ginsberg

November 12 and 13—Allen Ginsberg

December 7—Jack Kerouac

December 13—Allen Ginsberg

December 30—Allen Ginsberg


January 6—Allen Ginsberg

January 9—Allen Ginsberg

January 12—Allen Ginsberg

January 21—Allen Ginsberg

February 7—Allen Ginsberg

February 12—Jack Kerouac

February 19—Allen Ginsberg

April 20—Allen Ginsberg

June 9—Jack Kerouac

July 5—Allen Ginsberg

August 10—Allen Ginsberg

September 21—Allen Ginsberg

October 6 and 7—Allen Ginsberg

October 10 and 11—Allen Ginsberg

October 21—Allen Ginsberg

October 23—Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac

November 1—Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg

November 2—Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg


February 17—Allen Ginsberg

February 26 and 27—Allen Ginsberg

March 14—Allen Ginsberg

April 16—Allen Ginsberg

May 8—Allen Ginsberg

May 15—Allen Ginsberg

June 18—Allen Ginsberg

July 26—Bill Gilmore

September 16—Allen Ginsberg

October 13—Allen Ginsberg

October 29—Allen Ginsberg

December 20—Allen Ginsberg


January 23—Allen Ginsberg

January 28—Allen Ginsberg

January 31/February 1—Allen Ginsberg

February 14—Allen Ginsberg

March 25—Bill Gilmore

June 15—Allen Ginsberg

July 18—Alan Ansen

July 30—Alan Ansen

August 20—Allen Ginsberg

August 28—Allen Ginsberg

September 20—Allen Ginsberg

October 8—Allen Ginsberg

October 19—Allen Ginsberg

October 28—Allen Ginsberg

November 10—Allen Ginsberg

November 26—Allen Ginsberg

December 4—Jack Kerouac

December 8—Allen Ginsberg


January 9—Allen Ginsberg

February 16—Allen Ginsberg

April 18—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

July 20—Paul Bowles

July—Allen Ginsberg

July 24—Allen Ginsberg

August 25—Allen Ginsberg

September 28—Allen Ginsberg

October 10—Allen Ginsberg

October 19—Paul Bowles


January 2—Allen Ginsberg

January 17—Brion Gysin

January 17—Paul Bowles

February 20—Paul Bowles

April 2—Allen Ginsberg

April 21—Allen Ginsberg

May 18—Allen Ginsberg

June 8—Allen Ginsberg

Late July—Allen Ginsberg

August 24—Allen Ginsberg

September 5—Allen Ginsberg

September 11—Allen Ginsberg

September 25—Allen Ginsberg

October 7—Allen Ginsberg

October 27—Allen Ginsberg

October 29—Allen Ginsberg



Product Details

Harris, Oliver
Harris, Oliver
Burroughs, William S.
Penguin Books
New York
Authors, American
Burroughs, william s., 1914-1997
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. 159
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8.44x5.20x1.18 in. 1.24 lbs.

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