BURROUGHS, William BURROUGHS, William

NAKED LUNCH

New York : Grove Press, 1962.

First US Edition, originally published in Paris by Olympia Press in 1959 under the title ‘The Naked Lunch’. Original half charcoal grey paper / half black cloth boards, immaculate condition, with gilt titles to the spine; top edge of the page dyed black. With...

New York : Grove Press, 1962.

First US Edition, originally published in Paris by Olympia Press in 1959 under the title ‘The Naked Lunch’. Original half charcoal grey paper / half black cloth boards, immaculate condition, with gilt titles to the spine; top edge of the page dyed black. With...

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New York : Grove Press, 1962.

First US Edition, originally published in Paris by Olympia Press in 1959 under the title ‘The Naked Lunch’. Original half charcoal grey paper / half black cloth boards, immaculate condition, with gilt titles to the spine; top edge of the page dyed black. With the unclipped dust-jacket showing the original price of $6.00 and no zip code after the publisher’s address on the rear panel. Head of spine of the jacket lightly rubbed and some light toning to the flap folds, but no nicks or markings. No old ownership sigs. A Fine copy of Burroughs’s Beat masterpiece.

Because of stringent US obscenity laws, the American edition did not appear until 1962. Retitled just ‘Naked Lunch’ it was significantly different from the Olympia Press edition because it was based on an earlier 1958 manuscript held by Allen Ginsberg. Burroughs states in his introduction that Jack Kerouac suggested the title. “The title means exactly what the words say: naked lunch, a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork.”
In a June 1960 letter to Allen Ginsberg, Kerouac said that he was pleased that Burroughs had credited him with the title. He states that Ginsberg misread “Naked Lust” from the manuscript, and only he noticed.

New York : Grove Press, 1962.

First US Edition, originally published in Paris by Olympia Press in 1959 under the title ‘The Naked Lunch’. Original half charcoal grey paper / half black cloth boards, immaculate condition, with gilt titles to the spine; top edge of the page dyed black. With the unclipped dust-jacket showing the original price of $6.00 and no zip code after the publisher’s address on the rear panel. Head of spine of the jacket lightly rubbed and some light toning to the flap folds, but no nicks or markings. No old ownership sigs. A Fine copy of Burroughs’s Beat masterpiece.

Because of stringent US obscenity laws, the American edition did not appear until 1962. Retitled just ‘Naked Lunch’ it was significantly different from the Olympia Press edition because it was based on an earlier 1958 manuscript held by Allen Ginsberg. Burroughs states in his introduction that Jack Kerouac suggested the title. “The title means exactly what the words say: naked lunch, a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork.”
In a June 1960 letter to Allen Ginsberg, Kerouac said that he was pleased that Burroughs had credited him with the title. He states that Ginsberg misread “Naked Lust” from the manuscript, and only he noticed.

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Returns Policy

You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.

Shipping

We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations.

When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.

Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. The weight of any such item can be found on its detail page. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.

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