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The Yage Letters Redux (Paperback)

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    In January 1953, William S. Burroughs began a seven month expedition into the jungles of South America, ostensibly to find yage, the fabled hallucinogen of the Amazon. But Burroughs also cast his anthropological-satiric eye over the local regimes to re......more

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In January 1953, William S. Burroughs began a seven month expedition into the jungles of South America, ostensibly to find yage, the fabled hallucinogen of the Amazon. But Burroughs also cast his anthropological-satiric eye over the local regimes to record trademark vignettes of political and psychic malaise. From the notebooks he kept and the letters he wrote home to Allen Ginsberg, Burroughs composed a narrative of his adventures that was first published piecemeal in magazines and eventually appeared ten years later as "In Search of Yage" within The Yage Letters.
For this edition, Oliver Harris has gone back to the original manuscripts and untangled the history of the text, telling the story of its genesis and cultural importance. Also included in this edition are extensive materials, never before published, by both Burroughs and Ginsberg that shed new light on their adventures in exploration and writing.

William Burroughs (1915-1997) is widely reconized as one of the most innovative writers of the twentieth century. His books include: Junky, Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, and Cities of the Red Night. Allen Ginsberg is also the author of Howl and Other Poems, which was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956. Oliver Harris is a professor in Literature and Film in the School of American Studies at Keele University, he is the editor of The Letters of William S. Burroughs (Penguin) and the 50th anniversary definitive edition of Junky (Penguin).

Author:
Burroughs, William
Genre:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
127
Language:
English
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Publish Date:
03/30/2006
Copyright Year:
2006
ISBN:
9780872864481
Height:
7.25 in
Wdth:
5.0 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.4 lb
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