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   William Seward Burroughs Papers, 1957-1976.

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Series II: Writings, 1958-1969

The Writings series is the largest series in the collection and contains working drafts of 1961's Grove Press Edition of The Soft Machine, as well as annotated drafts and galley proofs of Burroughs's substantial 1965 revision of the novel published by Grove Press. There are also drafts and galleys of Nova Express ; a corrected, signed galley proof of The Naked Lunch; and full typescript drafts of The Yage Letters and Junkie. This series also contains a collection of prose experiments conducted by Burroughs utilizing the cut-up technique that he utilized in much of his longer fiction, as well as experiments in using a grid form to intersplice different texts together.

"A Brief Statement on The Naked Lunch The Soft Machine and The Nova Express," circa
1963

Box 1
Folder 8

(carbon copy in WSB's hand)

Dealer Catalogs and Book Reviews
Box 1
Folder 9
"Epic Prose Poem," circa
1963
Box 1
Folder 10
Experimental Prose, circa 1958-1965
(6 Folders)
Box 1
Folder 11-16
"Johnny 23" (with Editor's Corrections)
Box 1
Folder 17
Junkie-- Manuscript

Box 5
The Naked Lunch
Signed Galley Proofs

Box 1
Folder 18

(original proof, 1964 Burroughs's signature, 1969)

Recording of Burroughs reading Naked Lunch,
undated
Box 1
Folder 19

Please follow these links for digitized clips of the sections The Rube, Meeting of International Conference..., and The Exterminator Does a Good Job

A Distant Hand Lifted, 1961-1964

Box 2
Folder 1
Nova Express
Galley Proofs,
1964
Box 2
Folder 2
The Soft Machine
Typescript with autograph corrections,
1960
Box 2
Folder 3

(for 1961 Olympia Press Edition)

Typescript with autograph corrections,
1963
Box 2
Folder 4

(This is dated 1963, but it is likely the 129 page manuscript, dating from November 1962, that Burroughs submitted to Olympia Press for their planned 1963 revised edition of the book which never appeared.)

Galley Proofs- Grove Press Edition,
1965
Box 2
Folder 5
Related Correspondence, 1963-1966
Box 2
Folder 6
"The Strange Bed," circa
1961-1962
Box 2
Folder 7

(Part of The Ticket that Exploded)

The Yage Letters- Draft,
undated

Box 3
Folder 1

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