Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume—that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs—is a valuable and fresh experience of a novel that has lost none of its relevance or satirical bite.
Reedited by Burroughs scholar Barry Miles and Burroughs' longtime editor James Grauerholz, NAKED LUNCH: THE RESTORED TEXT includes many editorial corrections to errors present in previous editions, and incorporates Burroughs' notes on the text, several essays he wrote over the years about the book, and an appendix of 20 percent all-new material and alternate drafts from the original manuscript, which predates the first published version. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume is a valuable and fresh experience of this classic of our culture.
'William was a Shootist. He shot like he wrote - with extreme precision and no fear.' -Hunter S. Thompson
'When I read Burroughs, it changed my vision of what you could write about, how you could write. He broadened people's conception of what makes humanity. In that way, he really was an American hero, a hero writer, and also just a great man.' -Lou Reed