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Series II: Writings, 1958-1969
The Writings series is the largest series in the collection and contains working
drafts of 1961's Grove Press Edition of The Soft
as well as annotated drafts and galley proofs of Burroughs's
substantial 1965 revision of the novel published by Grove Press. There are also
drafts and galleys ofNova Express
; a corrected,
signed galley proof of The Naked Lunch;
typescript drafts of The Yage Letters
This series also contains a collection of prose
experiments conducted by Burroughs utilizing the cut-up technique that he utilized
in much of his longer fiction, as well as experiments in using a grid form to
intersplice different texts together.
"A Brief Statement on The Naked LunchThe Soft Machine and The
Nova Express," circa
(This is dated 1963, but it is likely the 129 page manuscript, dating from November 1962, that Burroughs submitted to Olympia Press for their planned 1963 revised edition of the book which never appeared.)