CLASSIC WORK OF THE BEAT GENERATION
The Naked Lunch
“A book of great beauty and
maniacally exquisite insight with a wild and deadly humor… The only
American novelist who may conceivably be possessed by genius.” –Norman
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of Burroughs’s
masterpiece, one of only 5000 copies printed.
“Burroughs was the last great avatar of literary modernism and Naked
Lunch is his most important work. Like an intrepid explorer into
the inner space of the human psyche, Burroughs was unafraid to offer up
his own unconscious as a kind of test bed, within which to allow the
most sinister and viral of ideas to propagate. It was this activity—part
alchemical, part psychological—that allowed him to prophesy with
unerring accuracy the hideous modes that human behavior would assume in
the post-apocalyptic second half of the twentieth century. Naked
Lunch is essential reading for anyone who maintains any illusions
about anything” (Will Self). Time All-Time 100 Novels.
Paris: Olympia Press, (1959). Octavo, original wrappers (first issue
with 1500FR and no over-stamp on rear wrapper), original dust jacket;
custom box. Book near-fine with small crease on upper corner and a hint
of discoloration to wrappers; rare dust jacket in fine condition. A
beautiful copy. $4200.