Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict. Small octavo, original paper wrappers.First Edition, First Printing of William Burroughs' first book, published under the pseudonym, "William Lee, " and bound dos-a-dos with Narcotic Agent by Maurice Helbrant. Junkie, which was based on Burroughs own experience with drug addiction, was initially considered unprintable until Allen Ginsberg championed the work leading to its publication as an Ace Double with Narcotic Agent by Maruice Helbrant.
It offered a coldly clinical yet grimly witty view of an addict's life, neither apologizing for it nor whitewashing its ghastliness (American National Biography). Reprinted later with the title Junky Burroughs' preferred spelling, later overruled by the original publisher Junkie was Burroughs' first book, published under a pseudonym due to the controversial nature of the subject. Though Junkie is a straight narrative, being autobiographical it lacks the kind of plot that readers might expect. Though billed as'the confessions of an unredeemed drug addict,' few people could have guessed that it actually was what it claimed to be It is an adventure storyLee versus the lawepisodic like the cliff-hangers at the Saturday morning children's movie matinees For the most part the book sticks accurately to the real chronology and events of Burroughs's life. There are periodic expository passages in which Bill gives the reader factual information about drugs, federal and state laws The book works as a how-to-do-it manual, an encyclopedic introduction to the junkie world for the uninitiated reader, including facts such as how to cure pot and prepare paregoric even what to do should you find yourself on an airplane without a hypodermic syringe (Miles, 60-61).
Published in the same volume with Maurice Helbrant's Narcotic Agent, printed upside-down and to the rear of Junkie, with the back cover serving as the front cover for Helbrant's work. Creases to corners of cover, at hinges, and down spine.
Two to three inch diagonal crease across rear cover. Internally, clean and unmarked with crisp text. Bound dos-a-dos with Narcotic Agent by Maurice Helbrant. The item "Junkie FIRST EDITION 1st Printing William BURROUGHS 1953 Corso Kerouac" is in sale since Monday, June 21, 2021.This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "labb1279" and is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.