*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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We might therefore read the Composite City, and its avatars in Naked Lunch and the cut-up trilogy, as a topographic mapping in the tradition of Surrealist ethnography, based on a collage aesthetic of juxtaposition that foregrounds yyage and sutures” rather than presenting fixed wholes Clifford Top Reviews Most recent Top Burfoughs.
Whether aimed at author or editor, these are serious charges, and they raise highly relevant questions about censorship; they also beg questions about authorship and agency and about the processes of textual production, transmission, and reception.
In the case of Lrtters Yage Lettersthese forces of change manifest a remarkably dynamic process of collaborative and contingent textual activity. Although Oliver Harris is only listed as the editor of this edition, his actual contribution, his introduction, constitutes almost a third of the text and is well worth reading. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
The bibliographic and intertextual time travel that began with Black Mountain Review might go still further–to analyze, for example, the version of the Composite City that appears in Naked Lunch –but the central point remains the remarkable multiplication of its relations and meanings in comparison to its original magazine publication.
Like many other critics, Loranger confusingly refers to the two dozen separate sections of Naked Lunch –divisions of the text that, inconsistently in the first edition, were given their own titles–as “routines,” a term Burroughs only ever applied to self-contained material of up to a few pages in length.
The Yage Letters by William S. Burroughs
If you read this book and know nothing a As a Colombian and as person who is initiating herself in the world of ayahuasca, I find this book extremely offensive. Thus what Ginsberg and Burroughs say about the plants and the chemistry is dated and often in error.
Those several histories in turn clarify that this “whole” was no more than the retrospective sum of the parts. The book has been expanded with an extensive essay on its history written by Harrisalong with previously unpublished material by Burroughs and Ginsberg. Jul 18, Craven rated it did not like it. Burroughs, whose account of himself as Junkie, published under the pseudonym William Lee, ended lettesr may be the final fix.
The Yage Letters Redux
For example, according to Ansen, the letters describe Panama, introduce the character Allerton, and feature five “routines” “Friendly Finance,” “Billy Bradshinkel,” “Roosevelt after Inauguration,” “the Zen Routine,” and the “most ambitious routine of all. The volume concludes with two epilogues: Full of holes, full of holes.
Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the “greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift”, a reputation he owes to his “lifelong subversion” of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism.
Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’. This, of course, was the point: This analogy between theme and material history is remarkable, but it is also accidental, a byproduct of contingent circumstances.
Views Read Edit View history. Burroughs came knowing nothing and left knowing nothing as well.
I I have read this book before but hadn’t saved it to Goodreads and hadn’t remembered until I was partway through it. Please try again later. Burroughs began writing essays and lettes in early adolescence.
As I thought of this as a pre-Dianetics book, it didn’t get my attention then. I think they project a lot, and leave out a lot of details about their adventuress?
The Yage Letters
For here, contrary to all appearances, burrougys Naked Lunch ” does not in fact refer to the Naked Lunch that would lehters published inbut to a tripartite work comprising “Junk,” “Queer,” and “Yage” that, bueroughs the mids, Burroughs grouped under that title: Focusing on the relation between the text of Naked Lunch in its various editions and its part-publication in the little magazine, Big TableLoranger’s case depends on two distinct claims.
Burroughs was clearly an asshole, lerters a decent writer. A scholarly edition, perhaps a bit too scholarly, of William Burroughs’ aborted epistolary novel about searching for “the final fix” in the Amazon jungle. In the text, certain letters have a comma while others have a colon to conclude the opening line of address “Dear Allen: Yage letters is a collection of letters between Burroughs and Allen detailing, among other things, …more Junky is a fictionalised version of Burroughs life.
In the City Lights Editorial Files, together with proofs and long galleys, Carton 1 contains the relevant pages cut from Big Table 2 and Kulchur 3, marked up with instructions e.