The Definitive Text of "Junk"Book - 2003
Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch , an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junk , his first book, a candid, eyewitness account of times and places that are now long gone. This book brings them vividly to life again; it is an unvarnished field report from the American postwar underground. For this definitive 50th-anniversary edition, eminent Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has painstakingly re-created the author's original text, word by word, from archival typescripts. Here for the first time are Burroughs's own unpublished Introduction and an entire omitted chapter, along with many "lost" passages and auxiliary texts by Allen Ginsberg and others. Harris's comprehensive Introduction reveals the composition history of Junk 's text and places its contents against a lively historical background.
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Told with unflinching honesty from a very mind-altered brain, this early novel by Burroughs is sordid tales of drugs, drugs, and more drugs, from one of the famed writers of the Beatnik generation.
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