*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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Most notably, Davis Schneiderman has produced strong, culturally informed materialist readings in two recent conference papers: You can tell that he was often disgusted with mankind but at the same time he had the typical curiosity of any given anthropologist or buroughs who goes out into the world and studies and records human behaviour in all its weird and wonderful forms.

Vine of the Soul: The general picture needs some specificity, since the category “Little Magazine” conceals important differences in content, format, readership, and so on, and Burroughs’ involvement was with four quite different magazines: You can not show to anyone what he has not seen. There’s no arguing both men are yaage writers.

You see everything from an hallucinated viewpoint. Big Table was also exemplary of the “kamikaze” little magazine that realized a specific function and then folded after five issues. She inverts the true relation between texts because, far from the later-published Yage Letters “reworking material from the narrative portion of Naked Lunch ” 24as she asserts, in fact Naked Lunch assimilates the overlapping material–the “July 10, ” letter–first published separately in BMR but ultimately taken from the “Yage” manuscript.

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 in poetry and prose”, Reading this book and I’m not sure if I should frown on Burrough’s way of life or envy it. City Lights, ; ; Since “In Quest of Yage” comprises the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, tenth, and eleventh letters in the whole sequence of “In Search of Yage,” the reader inevitably confronts gaps in the narrative chronology.

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The Yage Letters – Wikipedia

Even a man like Oppenheimer is a deviant tolerated for his usefulness. Trouble is I share with the late Father Flanagan–he of Boy’s Town–the deep conviction that there is no such thing as a bad boy. Likewise, Doc Schindler is mentioned in the “March 3” letter, as if we had already been introduced to him which happens in the second letter of “In Search of Yage”.


To begin with, the “July 10, ” letter was the first published part of Burroughs’ “Yage” manuscript, burroughs it is also the final letter in the whole epistolary sequence.

For my terms here, see Young’s excellent article. Burroughs on the Road Corso: The internal evidence shows the presence in the City Lights text of numerous transcription errors carried over from the magazine publications. Thus in their “Editors’ Note,” Grauerholz and Miles leters Loranger–that the texts of the Olympia and Grove Naked Lunch “are quite different”but since they give no details, it remains unclear how a comparative descriptive analysis informed their editing practice.

Burroughs is in no way a “comic” writer, in the sense of a writer who ygae you “OK. Of the actual accounts of their drug-induced experiences, Ginsberg’s comes across as most believable and impressive.

Or should the colons be retained for this very reason, since they are material traces carried over from the text’s original part-publication, evidence of the determinism of material history at the level of even the smallest bibliographic code? I have read this book before but hadn’t saved it to Goodreads and hadn’t remembered until I was partway through it.

John Perse–both major influences on Burroughs–it begins by declaring that “Yage is space time travel” and ends by prophetically announcing the intersection of “the unknown past and the emergent future” Yage Letters 44, The Composite City where all human potentials are spread out in a vast silent market. Author and recipient of these letters met again in New York, Xmaspruned and edited the writings to letyers a single book. Edited Out 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.

The Yage Letters

I’ve been a long time fan of WSB and this is another great insight into the man. Wonderful, supportive, loving letter by Ginsberg to losing-it Burroughs at the end.

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.

Greetham’s attempt to postmodernize editing theory, Paul Eggert contests his verdict in Theories of the Text that we now live in “post-philological days,” arguing that “the moment of editorial theory is over” In the City Lights Editorial Files, together with proofs and vurroughs galleys, Carton 1 contains the relevant pages cut from Big Table 2 and Kulchur 3, marked up with instructions e.

The volume concludes with two epilogues: There are several reasons Burroughs critics have generally ignored The Yage Letters.

View Full Version of PW. However, something else might be involved if a pattern were observable. As well as lettets particular social and cultural histories, each lettrs these magazines presented Burroughs’ material in distinct bibliographic environments, inviting us to consider both how these part-texts burrougns received in their original publishing contexts, and how this relates to the reception and indeed, production of The Yage Letters.


Given the heterogeneity of materials and the hybridity of the text overall, such homogenizing might seem a mistaken effort to resolve contradictions and unify dissonant parts into a singular whole. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. 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.

Are we to spend hard-earned money on book ostensibly about yage and presumably lettsrs experience only instead to endure dry grating Dear Al, Sex tourist in search of final fix is no good, no bueno. Please try again later. The blood and substance of many races, Negro, Polynesian, Mountain Mongol, Desert Nomad, Polyglot Near East, Indian–new races as yet unconceived and unborn, combinations not yet realized passes through your body stasis and death in closed mountain valleys where plants sprout out of your cock and vast crustaceans hatch inside and break the shell of the bodyacross the Pacific in an outrigger canoe burrouhs Easter Island.

Not Burroughs’ Final Fix: Materializing The Yage Letters

However, the note at least explains the otherwise perplexing gap in the chronology of the letters–after three long letters, lettres dated within two weeks of each other, the sequence cuts from “January 30” to “May 12” and from Pasto to Lima, with no journey in between–a gap, this time, too large to naturalize. Print Hardcover and Paperback. The cultural identity and social meaning of The Yage Letters was, therefore, decisively shaped by its publication as a City Lights paperback.

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. It is easy to understand ldtters someone like Burroughs who studied yahe at university would be drawn to the romantic aspects of exploring South American tribes and areas but according to his letters to Ginsberg, Letrers did not have a good time here at all with nosy police always inspecting papers, sleazy moochers, whores and even the occasional botanical scientist.

Works Cited Ansen, Alan.