NAked Lunch by William S.Burroughs. Grove Press. fourteenth printing, 1980. 039417108X. rack-size paperback. INSCRIBED BY BURRUOGHS - "For Kent/ All the best/ William S. Burroughs/ October 27, 1980" You are not buying this for a beautiful book. It is heavily water stained with tanning to the paper. The binding is tight with no looseness to the pages, so a least you know the book won't fall apart. There is wear to the cover edges and there are some creases. This book may have never been fully opened let alone read, but that may be an irrelevancy given the rest of the condition of the book.
Naked Lunch (sometimes The Naked Lunch) is a novel by American writer William S. Burroughs, originally published in 1959. The book is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes. Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order. The reader follows the narration of junkie William Lee, who takes on various aliases, from the US to Mexico, eventually to Tangier and the dreamlike Interzone. The vignettes (which Burroughs called "routines") are drawn from Burroughs' own experience in these places, and his addiction to drugs (heroin, morphine, and while in Tangier, majoun (a strong marijuana confection) as well as a German opioid, brand name Eukodol, of which he wrote frequently).
The book was originally published with the title The Naked Lunch in Paris in July 1959 by Olympia Press. Because of US obscenity laws, a complete American edition (by Grove Press) did not follow until 1962. It was titled Naked Lunch and was substantially different from the Olympia Press edition, because it was based on an earlier 1958 manuscript in Allen Ginsberg's possession. The article "the" in the title was never intended by the author, but added by the editors of the Olympia Press 1959 edition. Nonetheless The Naked Lunch remained the title used for the 1968 and 1974 Corgi Books editions, and the novel is often known by the alternative name, especially in the UK where these editions circulated. (Wikipedia) AI06b