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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the William Burroughs and Brion Gysin writings, 1963-1973, 1997 | Digitized Collection

William Burroughs and Brion Gysin writings, 1963-1973, 1997

Contents and Arrangement

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Series 1: Writings, 1963-1973, 1997
0.4 linear feet
Box 1

The three books of writings by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin use a "cut-up technique" of diaristic writings graphically arranged with drawings, clippings, photographs, and other items pasted onto the pages and integrated into the narrative. Two of the volumes were created in agenda books and the third was created in a Les Goelands notebook. The third book has been identified as "John Brady's book." While Brady was a friend of Burroughs, the relationship between the book and Brady is unclear. There are a few loose pages removed from the third Les Geolands book in a corresponding folder. Also included is one folder of letters about Burroughs written by the artist David Bradshaw to art collectors Stanley and Elyse Grinstein, plus miscellaneous material such as a photograph, card, and drawing from Burroughs's funeral.
This series is arranged chronologically.
DescriptionContainer
Black Book, 1963-1964
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Red Book, 1965-1973
Several entries were torn out (presumably by Burroughs or Gysin) prior to the book's arrival at the archives, so the missing pages are not omissions but a reflection of the original condition of the book as received.
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Green "Les Goelands" Notebook, circa 1971-1973
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Loose Items from Green "Les Goelands" Notebook, circa 1971-1973
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David Bradshaw Letters Regarding William Burroughs, 1997
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