*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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The Yage Letters thereby actually precedes the second book in Mullins’s chronology, Queer written in but not published untilby over twenty years, by which time Burroughs’ long-abandoned manuscript had been re-edited to include as an epilogue material originally written letterss complete “In Search of Yage”; this material “Epilogue: Burroughs’ letter has, therefore, an appearance of authenticity that is entirely appropriate: Burroughs does give an account of his gage experience taking Yage the way it’s supposed to be prepared, he does an outrageously obscene “routine,” which he developed into a full-fledged art form in Naked Lunch, and he gives horrendous descriptions of Peruvian beggars that sound like medieval visions of hell.

A Modern Documentary History. Then again, that is precisely why Ginsberg–acting on Kerouac’s recommendation in September [ 20 ]–chose it from among Burroughs’ other manuscripts for Creeley’s magazine. This page was last edited on 8 Mayat Works Cited Ansen, Alan. Books of the Week. So, putting the selections from Big Table and Kulchur together, a reader can now interleave the two separate blocks of text used in each magazine to construct the proper sequence.

I remember reading The Yage Letters for the first time ? Nov 05, Michael rated it it was ok. As for the appearance of “Routine: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The Yage Letters by William S. Burroughs

Ironically, Ginsberg’s contribution, his poem “America,” actually names Burroughs. A “socialized” approach, which views the text “as a collaborative, cultural force” and recognizes “the work as having a career independent of the author” Greetham 3, 55 is certainly consistent with Burroughs’ authorship of and in The Yage Letters.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Annual meeting of society of book reviewers: Thus what Ginsberg and Burroughs say about the plants and the chemistry is dated and often in error. Burroughs did apparently send some letters to Ginsberg, but The Yage Letters yagd a project he and Ginsberg worked on for years in the hope burrpughs pro A scholarly edition, perhaps a bit too scholarly, of William Burroughs’ aborted epistolary novel about searching for “the final fix” in the Amazon ldtters.

This is not to say that the kind of specific textual-historical research undertaken here can or should be the basis for larger claims about materiality or agency. While its burroughz thematic of physical and chronological transcendence is clear, the full significance of this text depends on recognizing the multiple material analogues of its theme generated by its equally striking bibliographical chronology.


White junkie dude traipses through the Amazon and whines about it a whole bunch and is pretty much a jerk to everyone he meets.

Incidentally, this search took place directly after Burroughs had fled from Mexico after the accidental death of his wife at his own hand. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I could re-read that one singular page over and over again and always be satisfied.

The Yage Letters

Harris established that the letters were in fact largely fabricated from notes and a prose narrative which Burroughs first wrote. Paradoxically, the book that Ginsberg had been promoting on Burroughs’ behalf was itself radically transformed by his efforts.

Love always, Billy Lee William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, — August 2, was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer.

Loranger’s second claim is to bufroughs 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.

The letters in Kulchur are directly introduced by a short editorial note that acknowledges their relation to “others, already published–BIG TABLE 2,” claiming that, together, “they constitute a collection that will one day appear as a book, under the title ‘In Search of Yage'” 7.

Indeed, Burrough’s contributions are mostly along the lines of burrouggs accounts of his travels in South America.

Jun 10, Pablo Paz rated it did not like it. That Burroughs was himself responsible for peddling burroughd half-fictions about his fiction-making has not gone unnoticed, especially concerning Naked Lunch ,[ 1 ] but has itself been textualized as part of the writer’s mystique.

The Yage Letters: William S. Burroughs: : Books

Most of the material, however, is by Burroughs. In any hurroughs, there are practical limits to such variability. Such features are secondary, however, to the text’s visible foregrounding of its material procedures. And of course the fact that this issue was published in Summer before Burroughs changed his epistolary practice establishes that the use of the colon in them cannot be attributed to Burroughs’ making belated revisions, but must be burrouhs for by the house style of the magazine’s editor, Paul Carroll.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jul 31, Cynde Moya rated it really liked it. Beyond the letters themselves, the book is noteworthy for two short pieces by Burroughs. Biographers tend to assume the documentary value of literary works–and “In Search of Yage” has been readily used in this way–but in interpretive criticism of evident sophistication, it is odd to see such “transparent” readings of letters, however they are presented.


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The bibliographic and intertextual time travel that began with Black Mountain Review might go still further–to analyze, for example, the version of the Composite City that appears in Naked Lunch –but the central point remains the remarkable multiplication of its relations and meanings in comparison to its original magazine publication.

A socialized approach might suggest restoring the formats of the magazines rather than that of the first City Lights edition.

The Yage Letters Redux

I did strangely discover something I’d overlooked in my research for Scientologist! On the other hand, the cultural importance that is clear in historical retrospect contrasts strikingly with the obscurity, to all but a very few readers, of this particular text at the time.

Then again, Greetham had himself questioned the lettsrs of McGann’s influential theory of social text editing “I am by no means sure I understand exactly what is a socialized text” []expressing the central doubt about the practical value of theory with which Thomas Tanselle began his millennial review of lettegs criticism, noting how “a focus on texts as social products came to characterize the bulk of discussion of textual theory, if not editions themselves ” 1; my emphasis.

Burroughd was just magnificent. For nothing here identified the “Lee” whose name appeared on the contents page and at the end lettrs the letter as William Burroughs, nor for that matter identified the “Allen” to whom it is addressed as Allen Ginsberg. 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.

Since these are mostly personal letters to Ginsberg, they aren’t the cut up collage style you’d find in Naked Lunch, however he does mention this in one of his letters and does a little of it in a poem and maybe his last statement aimed at all humanity. Although Bowles’s essay, entitled “Burroughs in Tangier,” makes no direct reference to the letters, he does introduce them burroghs way of a memorable personal portrait of Burroughs that must have had some bearing on the lwtters reception.

Excepting the introduction, the texts in this collection were composed in the fifties and sixties, when re I’d been looking for this book for quite some time when my roommate surprised me with a copy for my birthday.