The Naked Lunch

TitleThe Naked Lunch
Year for Search1959
AuthorsBurroughs, William S[eward](1914-97)
Date Published1959
PublisherOlympia Press
Place PublishedParis
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

One of many dystopias by Burroughs which generally share the same characteristics: authoritarian tending toward the paranoid and concern with drugs and homosexuality. His dystopia, known as the Interzone, was based on Tangier, Morocco. 

Additional Publishers

Also pub. as Naked Lunch. New York: Grove Press, 1962. These two editions differ substantially. Grove Press ed. rpt. New York: Grove Press, 1992. UK ed. as The Naked Lunch. London: John Calder in association with Olympia Press, 1964. Something approaching a critical edition is Naked Lunch: The Restored Text. Ed. James Grauerholz and Barry Miles. New York: Grove Press, 2001. This edition corrects errors and adds “Original Introductions and Additions by the Author” (197-229) and “Burroughs Texts Annexed by the Editors” (231-89), which includes “Editors Note” (233-47). Rpt. as 50th Anniversary Edition. New York: Grove Press, 2009 with an added “Afterword” by David L. Ulin (291-99). A bibliographic nightmare in that all the early editions differ because they are based on different versions of the text and have added differing front and back matter. Parts were originally published as by William Lee [pseud.] as “From: Naked Lunch, Book III: In Search of Yage.” Black Mountain Review, no. 7 (Autumn 1957): 144-48; “Have You Seen Pantapon Done.” Yūgen (New York), no. 3 (1958): 4-5; “Excerpt from Naked Lunch.” Chicago Review 12.1 (Spring 1958): 25-30; and “Chapter 2 of Naked Lunch.” Chicago Review 12.3 (Autumn 1958): 3-12. When further sections were stopped by the University of Chicago, Big Table was established to publish them and despite police attention published “Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch.” Big Table, no. 1 (Spring 1959): 79-137; and “In Quest of Yage.” Big Table 2 (Summer 1959): 44-64

Info Notes

David Cronenberg (b. 1943) directed and wrote the screenplay for a 1991 film.

Holding Institutions

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Author Note

(1914-97)

Full Text

1959 Burroughs, William S[eward] (1914-97). The Naked Lunch. Paris: Olympia Press. Also pub. as Naked Lunch. New York: Grove Press, 1962. These two editions differ substantially. Grove Press ed. rpt. New York: Grove Press, 1992. UK ed. as The Naked Lunch. London: John Calder in association with Olympia Press, 1964. Something approaching a critical edition is Naked Lunch: The Restored Text. Ed. James Grauerholz and Barry Miles. New York: Grove Press, 2001. This edition corrects errors and adds “Original Introductions and Additions by the Author” (197-229) and “Burroughs Texts Annexed by the Editors” (231-89), which includes “Editors Note” (233-47). Rpt. as 50th Anniversary Edition. New York: Grove Press, 2009 with an added “Afterword” by David L. Ulin (291-99). A bibliographic nightmare in that all the early editions differ because they are based on different versions of the text and have added differing front and back matter. Parts were originally published as by William Lee [pseud.] as “From: Naked Lunch, Book III: In Search of Yage.” Black Mountain Review, no. 7 (Autumn 1957): 144-48; “Have You Seen Pantapon Done.” Yūgen (New York), no. 3 (1958): 4-5; “Excerpt from Naked Lunch.” Chicago Review 12.1 (Spring 1958): 25-30; and “Chapter 2 of Naked Lunch.” Chicago Review 12.3 (Autumn 1958): 3-12. When further sections were stopped by the University of Chicago, Big Table was established to publish them and despite police attention published “Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch.” Big Table, no. 1 (Spring 1959): 79-137; and “In Quest of Yage.” Big Table 2 (Summer 1959): 44-64. David Cronenberg (b. 1943) directed and wrote the screenplay for a 1991 film. L, O, PSt

One of many dystopias by Burroughs which generally share the same characteristics: authoritarian tending toward the paranoid and concern with drugs and homosexuality. His dystopia, known as the Interzone, was based on Tangier, Morocco.