The Wild Boys

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[M&M A20]

New York: Grove Press 1971, first printing and one of 5,619 copies, hardbound in dust jacket. Maynard & Miles A20a. The small number of copies printed indicates that the publisher felt demand for the book would be minimal. Burroughs’ first real novel after all the cut-ups and rearrangements of earlier works borrowing from his “word horde,” The Wild Boys reads more like a science fiction thriller and contains many themes about the future of the world, themes to which Burroughs would return in later works.

London: Calder and Boyars 1972, first British printing, hardbound in dust jacket. Maynard & Miles A20b.

_____ simultaneous British wraps printing. Maynard & Miles A20c.

_____ set of unbound signatures in dust jacket comprising an Advance Review Copy.

New York: Grove Press 1972, first printing in wraps. Maynard & Miles A20d.

London: Corgi 1973, first thus printing in wraps, bound in wraps. Maynard & Miles A20e.

London: John Calder 1982, first thus British printing in wraps.

New York: Grove Weidenfeld 1992, first thus US printing in wraps.

This bibliography of A-List publications by William S. Burroughs derives from Eric C. Shoaf’s Collecting William S. Burroughs in Print: A Checklist and is published online courtesy of the author, who retains all rights. Published by RealityStudio in April 2007.

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