*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 second notable piece serves as the epilogue to the book. And in this sense, modern-day writing especially the press is aggravatingly dull, stale and stultified and that’s why we need more writers like Lettegs.

Ginsberg seems like he was a good friend. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Clay, Steve, and Rodney Phillips. His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature.

The Yage Letters by William S. Burroughs

This is probably my third favourite book by William S. Wonderful, supportive, loving letter by Ginsberg to losing-it Burroughs at the end.

I I have read this book before but hadn’t saved it to Goodreads and hadn’t remembered until I was partway through it. In Search of Yage”–would surely have been just as mystifying then as it is now, albeit for different reasons.

Likewise, Doc Schindler is mentioned in the “March 3” letter, ubrroughs if we had already been introduced to him which happens in the second letter of “In Search of Yage”.

It is interesting to compare the Ginsberg descriptions of the yage experience with those of Burroughs. Di Prima and LeRoi Jones.


By deleting the passage in this context, rather than when it reappeared a few lines after this material, the editors overlook the longstanding integrity of the “Composite City” text as it had existed in its manuscript, magazine, and book publishing histories. The phrase comes from Burroughs’ letter to Mel Hardiment, 23 Jan. I have read this book before but hadn’t saved it to Goodreads and hadn’t remembered until I was partway through it. Many would say that Burroughs loved writing about the ‘underworld’ and ‘darker’ sides of the planet.

The Collected Interviews burroughd William S. Does it really matter what, if anything, Burroughs was on? Would you like to tell us about a lower price? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

With letter, you’re now part of novel. September 25th, Explore the Home Gift Guide. If you read this book and know nothing a As a Colombian and as person who is initiating herself in the world of ayahuasca, I find this book extremely offensive.

The Yage Letters Redux

Author and recipient of these letters met again in New York, Xmaspruned and edited the writings to form a single book. It is easy to understand how the Indians came to believe there is a spirit in these plants. I just finished reading this book for a Ginsberg project I’m working on. In other words, their interest in local textual differences ignores the generic distinction between the texts they are citing–enabling Martinez, in one place, to refer to The Yage Letters while in fact quoting from The Letters As Eggert acknowledges, “one does one’s best.

Burrougha died in in Mexico City. Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the “greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift”, a reputation he owes to his “lifelong subversion” of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism. Incidentally, this search took place directly after ,etters had fled from Mexico after the burrohghs death of his wife at his own hand.

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But, trust Burroughs, he renders the whole experience vividly here in bright colors including even the vul I read this book hesitantly about Burroughs’s search for the perfect high in the jungles of the Amazon wondering if I could at all relate to it since, apart from a couple of all too brief experiences in the s and s, I’ve shied away from drugs almost entirely.

To begin with, the “July 10, ” letter was the first published part of Burroughs’ “Yage” manuscript, but it is also the final letter in the whole epistolary sequence. Should the colons be replaced by commas to bring the letters correctly into line with the author’s practice and to remove the “corruption” of Carroll’s editing? One especially fitting example should illustrate this editorial practice in Naked Lunch. For example, Ferlinghetti strikes the frequent use of the word ‘nigger,’ substituting ‘Nigra’ or omitting the references altogether” Thus in their “Editors’ Note,” Grauerholz and Miles observe–unlike Loranger–that the texts of the Olympia and Grove Naked Lunch “are quite different”but since they give no details, it remains unclear how a comparative descriptive analysis informed their editing practice.

In the case of Burroughs’ letters, however, a striking fact emerges with exceptional clarity.