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Essays by Oliver Harris

Confusion’s Masterpiece: Re-Editing William S. Burroughs’ First Trilogy

Author Oliver Harris
Date 10 October 2010
Subject In the text of his recent talk at Columbia University, Oliver Harris describes the confused history behind the writing and publishing of William S. Burroughs’ Junkie, Queer, and Yage Letters. Professor Harris also responds to a few interview questions about his work on the new edition of Queer.
Link Confusion’s Masterpiece: Re-Editing William S. Burroughs’ First Trilogy

The Frisco Kid He Never Returns: Naked Lunch and San Francisco

Author Oliver Harris
Date 21 November 2009
Subject Oliver Harris looks at the relationship — or non-relationship? — between Naked Lunch and San Francisco in a transcript to the talk given at the San Francisco Art Institute during the NL@50 homage.
Link The Frisco Kid He Never Returns: Naked Lunch and San Francisco

From Dr Mabuse to Doc Benway: The Myths and Manuscripts of Naked Lunch

Author Oliver Harris
Date 26 October 2009
Subject Oliver Harris dissects the myths behind the creation of Naked Lunch in a transcript to the talk given recently at Columbia University during the NL@50 homage.
Link From Dr Mabuse to Doc Benway: The Myths and Manuscripts of Naked Lunch

Cutting up the Archive: William Burroughs and the Composite Text

Author Oliver Harris
Date 2007
Subject Edited version of a paper delivered by Professor Harris to the 4th Annual Symposium on Textual Studies at the Centre for Textual Scholarship, De Montfort University, Leicester
Link Cutting up the Archive: William Burroughs and the Composite Text

Everything Lost, the Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs: The Inside Story

Author Oliver Harris
Date December 2007
Subject The “inside story” of the editing of an important Burroughs notebook.
Link Everything Lost, the Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs: The Inside Story

The Holy Shit of Burroughs and Kerouac

Author Oliver Harris
Date December 2008
Subject Re-presentation of the plenary address given by Professor Harris to the Conference “Kerouac’s On the Road: The Beats and the Post-Beats”
Link The Holy Shit of Burroughs and Kerouac

Essays by Other Scholars

William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard

Author RealityStudio
Date 7 March 2012
Subject RealityStudio offers an in-depth look at the relationship of William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard. The text draws on interviews, correspondence, and unpublished documents to provide a detailed account of the interactions between the two writers.
Link William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard

Henry Miller and William Burroughs: An Overview

Author RealityStudio
Date 2007
Subject Overview of the relationship (or non-relationship?) between Henry Miller and William S. Burroughs
Link Henry Miller and William Burroughs: An Overview

Burroughs Literary Archive

Author Ken Lopez
Date 2006
Subject Excerpt from the catalogue prepared by bookseller Ken Lopez for the sale of the Burroughs archive to the New York Public Library
Link Burroughs Literary Archive

Transitional Period vs Gongs of Violence

Author RealityStudio
Date 2006
Subject Side-by-side comparison of two versions of a Burroughs cut-up called “Gongs of Violence”
Link Transitional Period vs Gongs of Violence

Nothing Here Now But the Lost Recordings

Author Edward S. Robinson
Date 9 May 2011
Subject Edward S. Robinson introduces a rare recording of cut-ups by Carl Weissner, Mary Beach, and Claude Pélieu (which are available for download in mp3 format). Special thanks to Gary Lee-Nova and to Kelly Claude Nairn for the audio and the digitization.
Link Nothing Here Now But the Lost Recordings

¿Quien Es?

Author Jorge Cuevas Cid
Date September 2006
Subject Overview of International Burroughs Symposium held in Mexico City in September 2006
Link ¿Quien Es?

“Giving Away the Basic American Rottenness”

Author A. D. Parkinson
Date 2005
Subject Thesis showing the extent to which Naked Lunch is a historical document of its times
Link “Giving Away the Basic American Rottenness”

Riding the Nova Express

Author William Weiss
Date 13 Mar 2013
Subject William Burroughs’ Nova Express, writes, William Weiss, “is a cage that rattles itself…”
Link Riding the Nova Express
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