Burroughs, William S. (novel); Southern, Terry; Seldon, E.S. (essays)

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Place Published: New York
Publisher: Grove Press
Date Published: 1962
Edition: First American Edition
Book Id: 792


First Printing, one of 3,500 copies. Octavo; black cloth and paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; black topstain; dustjacket; 255pp, [1]. Fine in a very Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped, with a single tiny tear at base of spine. Together with a Fine example of the publisher's 16pp prospectus.


In 1962, Grove Press issued a promotional booklet to accompany the November 20, 1962 American publication of 'Naked Lunch,' a scarce and desirable piece of ephemera. Publisher Barney Rosset printed the prospectus with an obscenity trial in mind, with the entire document reading like a legal argument to establish 'Naked Lunch's' literary merit before a courtroom. The pamphlet opens with a short essay by Terry Southern, followed by a critical piece by E.S. Seldon. The remainder of the pamphlet contains an eight page selection from the novel. A terrific piece of ephemera that is rarely offered together with the novel, and one that is essential to understanding the early publication history of 'Naked Lunch,' the establishment of the book's critical reception, and the novel's many court battles over the years. To the best of our knowledge, the two essays contained within have not been printed in any other format. A superior copy of this Beat Generation cornerstone, and basis for the bizarre 1991 David Cronenberg film starring Peter Weller, Judy Davis, and Ian Holm. Maynard & Miles A2.b.

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