*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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More By and About This Author. For example, Ferlinghetti strikes the frequent use of the word ‘nigger,’ substituting ‘Nigra’ or omitting the references altogether” On the other hand, while the text illustrates and so helps disseminate what Di Prima burrlughs “technological advances” in literary technique, it does absolutely nothing to clarify the therapeutic function cryptically claimed in the letter.

The Yage Letters

No trivia or quizzes yet. Burroughs himself knew the “fix” is never final, even if, at the time, that is what he wanted to or did believe, which is surely why he did not include in his text the verdict he reached in July about the object of his own grail quest: As Peter Martin notes, “it began as a controversial magazine, publishing suppressed material, but did not shift its emphasis or settle into a less incendiary editorial policy” He spends days in hotels with nothing to do, he gets sick, he goes to the most bizarre bars imaginable, he meets all kinds of characters who don’t give a damn what he’s up to but always steal from him, he makes grumpy, typically Burroughs-esque comments on the people and the countries, he is frustrated at every turn but still manages to make hilarious comedy out of it.

These claims are made without any supporting material context, and yet they are presented confidently as evidence to ground and support in Mullins’ case, otherwise illuminating and compelling interpretation.

Of course, when that one day came, the book that appeared would not bear this title, since by then “In Search of Yage” had itself become a part in a larger whole. In letters to Allen Ginsberg, an unknown young poet in New York, his journey to the Amazon jungle is recorded, detailing picaresque incidents of a search for a telepathic-hallucinogenic-mind-expanding drug c An early epistolary novel by William Burroughs, whose account of himself as as junkie, published under the pseudonym William Lee, ended Yage may be the final fix.

As Ginsberg recalled, this specific lettters was actually “the seed of Naked Lunch ” Lotringer Or in process of turning into crustaceans.

Ben Lee argues that the “willfully haphazard production” of the newsletter resulted in an improvisatory “slapdash aesthetic” that was “meant to mirror the sort of ‘open form’ its contributors favored bburroughs poetry and prose”, Semiotext e Martinez’s claim that Ferlinghetti “cleaned-up” Burroughs’ “original letters” for burrougsh is based on two false assumptions: Here and throughout, I cite the date of letterrs letter from “In Search of Yage” burrooughs if it were the title of a text precisely in order to make clear their fictional status as dated letters.


He took, it seems, the real stuff, the combination of the vine and shrub that can be ingested, and he apparently obtained some insight from the experience. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

In the form of an epistolary narrative, the bulk of it documents Burroughs’ seven-month journey through the Amazonian jungles of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru in He was different from other beat writers and poets like Kerouac, Ginsberg and Corso in that he was not only a writer but also an ethnographer.

What then, of the other–intertextual–analogue of this text’s thematics? Ballard considered Burroughs to be “the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War”, while Norman Mailer declared him “the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius”.

Mexico City Return” was in fact added specifically in order to satisfy the publishers’ requirements for a longer text. You try to score paregoric and the croaker hits you with paracetamol instead, pockets difference.

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Ginsburg’s contribution, which I hoped would lend burroughw voice of explanation to the letters, is instead a spasmolytic account of his own experience on the same drug, seemingly penned when still under the influence of it. I also feel that he believed humans ‘need to suffer’ in order to grow stronger and achieve greatness.

Loranger’s second call raises important theoretical and practical issues without actually attempting to resolve them; as she puts it, her essay “should be taken as a series of first steps toward a postmodern edition of Naked Lunch ” 2. Focused on Naked LunchLoranger’s essay makes two powerful calls: Most notably, Davis Schneiderman has produced strong, culturally informed materialist readings in two recent conference papers: Loranger’s second claim is to be making comparative analysis of the actual texts, but, despite its interpretive strength, her account turns out to be inaccurate and incomplete even on its own terms.

In broad terms, Skerl’s incisive analysis still stands, and suggests the value of analyzing The Yage Letters in the first place. Then again, bkrroughs is precisely why Ginsberg–acting on Kerouac’s recommendation in September [ 20 ]–chose it from among Burroughs’ other manuscripts for Creeley’s magazine.

My aim in what follows is to settle the question of authorship or perhaps more accurately, un -settle it within the larger context of the text’s full publishing history. 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.


For my terms here, see Young’s excellent article. The fact is that Letterd never saw an original manuscript, because Burroughs no longer had one; instead, he simply collected into a whole those parts that were in print. Interviews with William S. Yage letters is a collection of letters between Burroughs and Allen detailing, among other things, …more Junky is a fictionalised version of Burroughs life.

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He was born to a wealthy family in St. When quoting one of its obscene “routines” in Decemberhe quips revealingly to Kerouac: I just finished reading this book for a Ginsberg project I’m working on. Most of the material, however, is by Burroughs. It may be premature to speak “in retrospect,” but it doesn’t appear that the theoretical turn taken by textual scholars, combined with the trumpeted technological fix of hypertext editions, has really achieved disciplinary togetherness. In OctoberDi Prima and Jones were arrested for using the mail to disseminate obscene materials and, although cleared, their confrontation with the forces of censorship was certainly noted by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

And in this sense, burrouhgs writing especially the press is aggravatingly dull, stale and stultified and that’s why we need more writers like Burroughs. To ask other readers questions about The Yage Lettersplease sign up. If I focus on Burroughs’ “In Search of Yage,” deal with his later material more briefly, and pass over the Ginsberg texts, I do so because the publishing history of this section is the most richly complicated.

Bill goes to the jungle and alternately hunts Yage experiences and tricks with uncouth overexperienced native boys, one of whom steals his letfers.

Actually, Burroughs’ publication in little magazines after Naked Lunch was more than just grateful payback; in important ways it was materially related to his cut-up practices, the kinds of text they produced, and the kind of reception they sought. Would you like to tell us lettwrs a lower price? Black Mountain Review While its bruroughs remained very small “a usual printing of some to copies, about of which ever got distributed,” according to its editor, the poet Robert Creeley []Black Mountain Review was highly influential culturally both on its own terms and for the new magazines its example inspired.

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