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Dead Fingers Talk

By William S. Burroughs

ISBN: 9780714550015

288 pages

RRP: £8.99

Introduction by Professor Oliver Harris, Keele University

First published in 1963 and representing Burroughs’s literary breakthrough in the UK, Dead Fingers Talk is, in the words of Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris, “a prophetic work of haunting power”, and is perhaps the most commercial and accessible of his works. Combining new material with selections from Naked Lunch and his cut-up novels The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded, the book is also a fascinating precursor to remix and mash-up forms in art and music, which owe much to Burroughs’s influence.

This newly edited edition of Dead Fingers Talk, based on the restored text of the novel, will delight all Burroughs fans and lovers of experimental literature, and offer a new insight into the artistic process of one of the most original and influential writers of the twentieth century.

William S. Burroughs

Widely recognized as being one of the most culturally influential, politically trenchant and innovative artists of the twentieth century, William S. Burroughs (1914–97) became a key figure in the generation of writers that emerged in the early 1950s. He was the author of eighteen novels and novellas, among them the 1959 classic Naked Lunch, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays.

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