*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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Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art. Whether aimed at author or editor, these are serious charges, and they raise highly relevant questions about censorship; they also beg questions about authorship and agency and about the processes of textual production, transmission, and reception.

The Yage Letters Redux

However, he very subtly cut some Hubbard terminology into the story ,etters interest in yyage for the part-publication of his manuscripts goes back to his first novel, Junkie. After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and U. Letter, Burroughs to Carroll, 14 Nov. In all my experience as a homosexual I have never been the victim of such idiotic pilferings of articles no conceivable use to anyone else.

He just does not have a receiving set, and he gives out like a dead battery. It also established the publishing context for the letters presented under the title “In Quest of Yage. Paperback66 pages.

How ironic that this specific letter–which not only concluded “In Search of Yage” but was partly made from recycling its materials–should have been published first and without any context so that it appeared to be self-contained. Burrough Lee argues that yaeg “willfully haphazard production” of the newsletter resulted in an improvisatory “slapdash aesthetic” that was “meant to mirror the sort of ‘open form’ its contributors favored in poetry and prose”, yxge I loved the parts that feel like anthropological and ethnobotanical studies where Burroughs was exploring the jungle and trying to find ayahuasca but I found it quite off-putting when he and Ginsburg are preying on Ecuadorian boys and smearing their white male privilege all over the place, never mind the incomprehensible section on buggery that was likely a trip Burroughs was on.


As Eggert acknowledges, “one does one’s best. However, the text goes on to perform an even more paradoxical inversion of chronology, since in the first readers of The Yage Letters were presented with another ending the lstters 8” letter and would not find this letter there; nor would they until twelve years later, when it was at last included in the second edition. Corruption, whine ygae whine.

Glasses and traveler’s checks yet. Paradoxically, the book that Ginsberg had been promoting on Burroughs’ behalf was itself radically transformed by his efforts. The first is by Burroughs himself, about “having no precise memory of writing” the text, a claim that underwrites Loranger’s insistence that “authorial intent is antithetical to the very spirit of Naked Lunch ” 2.

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Does it really matter what, if anything, Burroughs was on? As well as their particular social and cultural histories, each of these magazines presented Burroughs’ material in distinct bibliographic environments, inviting us to consider both how these part-texts were received in their original publishing contexts, and how this relates to the reception and indeed, production of The Yage Letters.

Refresh and try again. Although all editions carried a note acknowledging these part-publications, full details were never given, and were given sometimes only to be obscured e. Interestingly, at about the same time, Burroughs did make a cut-up version of the whole “July 10, ” lettees, possibly intended for The Yage Letters.

The Yage Letters by William S. Burroughs

While its circulation remained very small “a usual printing of some to copies, about of which ever got distributed,” according to its editor, the poet Robert Creeley []Black Mountain Review was highly influential culturally both on its own terms and for the new magazines its example inspired. 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.

What else must a white man do but study that which he does not know? The second half of the book, dated seven years later, contains letters and poems from Ginsberg to Burroughs from the same region and, in turn, record Ginsberg’s more intensely spiritual trips “visit the moon, see the dead, see God”.


Then again, Greetham had himself questioned the value 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 textual 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.

It is easy to understand how someone like Burroughs who studied anthropology at university would be drawn to the romantic aspects of exploring South American tribes and areas but according to his letters to Ginsberg, Burroughs did not have a good time here at all with nosy police always inspecting papers, sleazy moochers, whores and even the occasional botanical scientist.

Sorry, I’ve seen too many homosexual men assume the vast majority of us are prone to homosexual twists? This is a culture under repression.

The Yage Letters

But the view in retrospect–for ysge of The Yage Letters –is, if anything, even more confusing, because the “whole” publication would still not match the text Ansen describes. There is also an indirect context, since, before the cut-up text, there appears an undated letter from “Roi” Jones to “Diane” Di Primain which he advances his understanding of Floating Bear as, precisely, “letters.

Jul 18, Craven rated it did not like it. Elliott Anderson and Mary Kinzie. I think they project a lot, and leave out a lot of details about their adventuress? Nov 05, Michael rated it it was ok.

View all 6 comments. Likewise, if social editing suggests a “diplomatic” documentation to reproduce the mimeograph qualities of Burroughs’ letter in The Floating Bearthen how is one to justify clear-text elsewhere?