The Yage Letters Redux

Author: Allen Ginsberg,William S. Burroughs

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 9780872864481


Page: 180

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In January 1953, William Burroughs began a seven-month expedition into the jungles of South America, ostensibly to find yage, the fabled hallucinogen of the Amazon. But Burroughs also cast his anthropological-satiric eye over the local regimes...

The Yage Letters

Author: Allen Ginsberg,William S. Burroughs

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141903287

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 192

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William Burroughs closed his classic debut novel, Junky, by saying he had determined to search out a drug he called 'Yage' which he believed transmitted telepathic powers, a drug that could be 'the final fix'. In The Yage Letters - a mix of travel writing, satire, psychedelia and epistolary novel - he journeys through South America, writing to his friend Allen Ginsberg about his experiments with the strange drug, using it to travel through time and space, to derange his senses - the perfect drug for the author of the wild decentred books that followed. Years later, Ginsberg writes back as he follows in Burroughs' footsteps, and the drug worse and more profound than he had imagined.

The Yage Letters

Author: William S. Burroughs,Allen Ginsberg

Publisher: N.A


Category: Beats (Persons)

Page: 68

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The Yage Letters

Author: William S. Burroughs

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 9780872860049

Category: Psychology

Page: 72

View: 4736

The Yage Letters: an early epistolary novel by William S. Burroughs, whose 1952 account of himself as Junkie, published under the pseudonym William Lee, ended "Yage may be the final fix." In letters to Allen Ginsberg, an unknown young poet in New...

The Green Ghost

Author: Chad Weidner

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809334860

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

View: 9609

"So many biographical works exist on the Beat Generation, which are of course important, but scholars tend to neglect the most fascinating aspects of their literary texts. "The Green Ghost" seeks to steer the study of Burroughs and the beats into a new direction entirely by viewing their work through the cultural prism of green cultural studies"--

Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature

Author: Lindsey Michael Banco

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136096906

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

View: 9944

This book examines the connections between two disparate yet persistently bound thematics -- mobility and intoxication -- and explores their central yet frequently misunderstood role in constructing subjectivity following the 1960s. Emerging from profound mid-twentieth-century changes in how drugs and travel were imagined, the conceptual nexus discussed sheds new light on British and North American responses to sixties counterculture. With readings of Aldous Huxley, William Burroughs, Alex Garland, Hunter S. Thompson, and Robert Sedlack, Banco traces twin arguments, looking at the ways travel is imagined as a disciplinary force acting upon the creative, destabilizing powers of psychedelic intoxication; and exploring the ways drugs help construct travel spaces and practices as, at times, revolutionary, and at other times, neo-colonial. By following a sequence of shifting understandings of drug and travel orthodoxies, this book traverses fraught and irresistibly linked terrains from the late 1950s up to a period marked by international, postmodern tourism. As such, it helps illuminate a world where tourism is continually expanding yet constantly circumscribed, and where illegal drugs are both increasingly unregulated in the global economy and perceived more and more as crucial agents in the construction of human subjectivity.

Drugs and the "Beats"

Author: John Long

Publisher: Virtualbookworm Publishing

ISBN: 1589397835

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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In this fascinating and informative exploration of the relationship between drugs and literature, the reader will discover the lives and writings of three celebrated "beat" writers: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. In examining the drugs they used and the consequent effects on how they lived, what they wrote about, and how they wrote, the author offers an intriguing study of the role of drugs in the creative process. No literary movement had ever explored such a variety of drugs (heroin, morphine, alcohol, amphetamines, marijuana, LSD, etc.) with such such intensity as these three iconic writers. As precursors to and models for a whole generation of "flower children," they had a profound impact not only in literature but on the whole of society.

Colombia's Forgotten Frontier

Author: Lesley Wylie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1846319749

Category: History

Page: 262

View: 6491

Coming to prominence during the rubber fever of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, the Putumayo has long been a site of political turmoil, a place of mass immigration, exile, subjugation, insurgency, and violence, all of which have fostered a long, international literary history. Colombia's Forgotten Frontier maps a literary map of this history for the first time. Lesley Wylie looks at works by writers from Latin America, the United States, and Europe— including works by Roger Casement, José Eustasio Rivera, and Williams Burroughs—in order to examine Colombia's literary legacy of marginality and conflict.