William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, Paris: Olympia Press, 1959; New York: Grove, 1962

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch56

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, Paris: Olympia Press, 1959; New York: Grove, 1962, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch56

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, Paris;
  • Naked Lunch, not a conventional arranged plot - or distinct and developed characters;
  • satirical episodes, and descriptions of narcotic addition and scenes of drug withdrawal agonies;
  • narcotics addiction, plagued Burroughs from mid-1940s and - periods of non-use, hindering his organization of typescripts;
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti, publishing Ginsberg's Howl in 1956 - rejecting Burroughs's manuscript when Ginsberg offered it in 1958;
  • forces, threatening to take over - multiple, drugs and drug dealers, agents tracking down drug users;
  • city of Interzone, Benway and his fellow doctors - operating, suggesting a nightmarish vision of Tangier;
  • origins of tycoon A.J., owner of Islam Inc. - obscure, as are the company's goals;
  • journey, paralleling Burroughs's own travels in South America - 1953, exchanging a famous series of letters with Ginsberg

Summary

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  • Bibliography