William S. Burroughs

Photograph by Richard Avedon / “William Burroughs, New York, July 9, 1975”/© The Richard Avedon Foundation

“I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves.”

So starts NAKED LUNCH, the touchstone novel by William S. Burroughs. That hardboiled riff, spoken by a junkie on the run, introduces a mélange of “episodes, misfortunes, and adventures,” which, the author said, have “no real plot, no beginning, no end.”

Material from the manuscripts that would eventually comprise NAKED LUNCH first appeared in the literary periodicals of the late 1950’s including THE BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIEW, YUGEN, THE CHICAGO REVIEW, and BIG TABLE among many others. These periodicals also published Burroughs’ early experimentation with the cut-up method that led to books like MINUTES TO GO and SOFT MACHINE, as well as other routines like ROOSEVELT AFTER INAUGURATION.

This index seeks to list those periodicals that gave folks a first glimpse of episodes, experiments and adventures before they were widely published.


CONTRIBUTIONS TO PERIODICALS

1957

1. THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF ADDICTION, Vol. 53, No. 2, edited by John Yerbury Dent
Shrewsbury: Society for the Study of Addiction, January 1957
“Letter from a Master Addict to Dangerous Drugs”
(M&M C1) (not is ES) (BS C2)

2. THE BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIEW, No. 7, edited by Robert Creeley
Black Mountain: Black Mountain College, Autumn 1957
“from Naked Lunch, Book III: In Search of Yage.”
(M&M C2) (not in ES) (BS C1)



—1958

3. YUGEN, No. 3, edited by LeRoi Jones
New York: Totem Press, 1958
“Have You Seen Pantapon Rose?” [excerpt from Naked Lunch]
(M&M C3) (ES III-1) (BS C5)



4. CHICAGO REVIEW, Vol. 12, No. 1, edited by Irving Rosenthal
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Spring 1958
“Excerpt: Naked Lunch.”
(M&M C4) (ES III-2) (BS C3)




5. CHICAGO REVIEW, Vol. 12, No. 3, edited by Irving Rosenthal
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Autumn 1958
“Chapter 2 of Naked Lunch.”
(M&M C5) (ES III-3) (BS C4)



—1959

6. BIG TABLE, No. 1, edited by Irving Rosenthal
Chicago: Big Table, Spring 1959
“Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch.”
(M&M C6) (ES III-4) (BS C6)




7. BIG TABLE, No. 2, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, Summer 1959
“In Quest of Yage.”
(M&M C7) (ES III-5) (BS C7)




8. NEW DEPARTURES, No. 1, edited by Michael Horovitz
Oxford: New Departures, Summer 1959
“The Exterminator Does a Good Job”, “Coke Bugs” [excerpts from Naked Lunch]
(M&M C8) (ES III-6) (BS C10)



9. JABBERWOCK, edited by Alex Neish
Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, 1959
“And Start West” [excerpt from Naked Lunch]
(M&M C9) (not in ES) (BS C8)




10. MAN’S WILDCAT ADVENTURES, Vol. 1, No. 1
New York: Candar Publishing Company, June 1959
“The Amazing Truth About a Junkie”
(Not in M&M) (not in ES) (BS C9)
[not in archive]



11. NOMAD, Nos. 5/6, edited by Donald Factor and Anthony Linick
Culver City: Nomad, Winter 1959
“Open Letter to Life Magazine” [co-authored with Brion Gysin, Sinclair Beiles, and Gregory Corso]
(M&M C10) (ES III-7) (BS C18)



12. SEMINA, No. 4, edited by Wallace Berman
San Francisco: Semina, 1959
“excerpt from Pantapon Rose” [excerpt from Naked Lunch]
(M&M C11) (not in ES) (BS C11)



—1960

13. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 4, No. 11, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, January-February 1960
“Deposition: Testimony Concerning a Sickness”, “Newspeak Précis”
(M&M C12, C14) (ES III-8) (BS C14)

14. LA NOUVELLE REVUE FRANCAISE, No. 85
Paris: Nouvelle Revue Française, January 1960
“Témoignage a propos d’une Maladie” [French translation of “Deposition: Testimony Concerning a Sickness” by Eric Kahane]
(M&M C13) (not in ES) (BS C19)

15. MADEMOISELLE, Vol. 50, No. 3, edited by Betsy Blackwell
New York: Conde Nast, January 1960
“Quo Vadis?”
(M&M C15) (not in ES) (BS C17)
[not in archive]



16. BIG TABLE, Vol. 1, No. 4, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, Spring 1960
“But Is All Back Seat of Dreaming”
(M&M C16) (ES III-9) (BS C13)




17. KULCHUR, No. 1, edited by Marc D. Schleifer
New York: Kulchur, Spring 1960
“The Conspiracy” [excerpt from Naked Lunch]
(M&M C19) (ES III-11) (BS C16)




18. BETWEEN WORLDS, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Dr. Gilbert Neiman
San German: Inter American University, Summer 1960
“Ten Age Future Time”
(M&M C17) (ES III-10) (BS C12)



19. HAUTE SOCIÉTÉ, No. 1, edited by Jacques Houbart
Paris: Haute Société, June 1960
“Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted”
(M&M C18) (not in ES) (BS C15)

20. HAUTE SOCIÉTÉ, No. 2, edited by Jacques Houbart
Paris: Haute Société, September 1960
“The Naked Lunch (fragment)” [French translation by Jacques Houbart]
(not inM&M) (not in ES) (not in BS)

21. SIDEWALK, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Alex Neish
Edinburgh: Sidewalk, 1960
“Have You Seen Slotless City?”
(M&M C20) (ES III-12) (BS C20)




—1961

22. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 5, No. 16, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, January-February 1961
“From Naked Lunch”
(M&M C24) (ES III-14) (BS C21)

23. METRONOME, Vol. 78, No. 5, edited by David Solomon
New York: Metronome, May 1961
“No Bueno, from The Soft Machine”
(M&M C25) (not in ES) (BS C28)

24. LOCUS SOLUS, No. 2, edited by Kenneth Koch
Lans-en-Vercors: Locus Solus, Summer 1961
“Everywhere March Your Head”, “Sons of Your In” [cut-ups of Arthur Rimbaud’s “To a Reason,” arranged by Burroughs and Gregory Corso]
(M&M C26, C27) (ES III-15) (BS C27)

25. TWO CITIES, No. 6, edited by Jean Fanchette
Paris: Mistral Bookshop, Summer 1961
“Transitional Period”
(M&M C28) (ES III-16) (BS C34)




26. METRONOME, Vol. 78, No. 8, edited by David Solomon
New York: Metronome, August 1961
“This Is the Time of the Assassins”
(M&M C29) (not in ES) (BS C29)




27. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 5, No. 20, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, September-October 1961
“Comments on ‘The Night Before Thinking’” [commentary by Burroughs on Ahmed Yacoubi’s “The Night Before Thinking,” included in the same issue]
(M&M C30) (ES III-17) (BS C22)

28. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 5, edited by Diane Di Prima and LeRoi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, April 1961
“Out Show Window and We’re Proud of It”, “Dear Allen: There is no thing to fear. . . .” [letter dated 21 June 1960]
(M&M C31, C32) (not in ES) (BS C23)


29. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 9, edited by Diane Di Prima and LeRoi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, June 1961
“Routine: Roosevelt After Inauguration”
(M&M C33) (not in ES) (BS C24)




30. SWANK, Vol. 8, No. 3, edited by Jonathan Starr
New York: Royal Publications, July 1961
“The Word” [excerpt from Naked Lunch]
(M&M C34) (ES III-18) (BS C33)
[not in archive]



31. THE OUTSIDER, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Jon Edgar Webb and Gypsy Lou Webb
New Orleans: Loujon Press, Fall 1961
“Operation: ‘Soft Machine’/Cut”
(M&M C35) (ES III-19) (BS C31)




32. KULCHUR, No. 3, edited by Marc Schleifer
New York: Kulchur Press, 1961
“In Search of Yage”
(M&M C36) (not in ES) (BS C26)




33. OLYMPIA, No. 1, edited by Maurice Girodias and Marilyn Meeske
Paris: Olympia, December 1961
“Ten Episodes from The Soft Machine”
(M&M C37) (ES III-20) (BS C30)

34. RHINOZEROS, No. 5, edited by Rolf and Gunter Dienst
Itzehoe: Rhinozeros, 1961
“Wind Hand Caught in the Door” [German translation by Anselm Hollo] [excerpt from The Soft Machine]
(M&M C38) (not in ES) (BS C32)


—1962

35. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 6, No. 22, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, January-February 1962
“Introduction to Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, Novia Express”
(M&M C39) (ES III-21) (BS C36)

36. NUL, No. 5, edited by Dirk Claus
Sint Niklaas: Paradox Press, January 1962
“Take That Business to Wallgreens”
(M&M C40) (not in ES) (BS C39)

37. NUL, No. 6, edited by Dirk Claus
Sint Niklaas: Paradox Press, 1962
“Routine: Roosevelt After Inauguration”
(M&M C41) (not in ES) (BS C40)

38. THE SECOND COMING MAGAZINE, Vol. 1, No. 3, edited by Samuel Pitts Edwards
New York: The Second Coming Magazine, March 1962
“One Chapter from the Novia Express”
(M&M C42) (ES III-22) (BS C44)

39. RHINOZEROS, No. 6, edited by Rolf and Gunter Dienst
Itzehoe: Rhinozeros, July 1962
“Novia Express.”
(M&M C43) (not in ES) (BS C42)




40. BLM: BONNIERS LITTERÄRA MAGASIN, No. 6, edited by Daniel Hjorth
Stockholm: Albert Bonniers: July–August 1962
“Novia Express” [Swedish translation by Lars Wilson]
(not in M&M) (ES III-27) (BS C35)

41. EVERGREEN  REVIEW, Vol. 6, No. 25, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, July-August 1962
“Outskirts of the City.” [excerpt from Novia Express]
(M&M C44) (ES III-23) (BS C37)



42. RHINOZEROS, No. 7, edited by Rolf and Gunter Dienst
Itzehoe: Rhinozeros, 1962
“Be cheerful sir, our revels touching circumstance…”
(M&M C45) (not in ES) (BS C43)



43. THE OUTSIDER, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Jon Edgar Webb and Gypsy Lou Webb
New Orleans: Loujon Press, Summer 1962
“Wilt Caught in Time.”
(M&M C46) (ES III-24) (BS C41)




44. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 24, edited by Diane Di Prima and LeRoi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, September-October 1962
“Spain & 42 St.”, “Dead Whistle Stop Already End”, “Where Flesh Circulates”
(M&M C47-C49) (not in ES) (BS C38)


45. YUGEN, No. 8, edited by LeRoi Jones
New York: Totem Press, 1962
“The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin.”
(M&M C50) (ES III-25) (BS C46)




46. AKZENTE, Vol. 9, No.6, edited by Walter Höllerer and Hans Bender
Munich: Carl Hanser, December 1962
“The Photograph Crashes – The Word Crashes”, “Last Rays of Dusk” [excerpts from Naked Lunch]
(not in M&M) (not in ES) (not in BS)

47. THE TRANSATLANTIC REVIEW, No. 11, edited by J.F. McCrindle
Princeton and London: Transatlantic Review, Winter 1962
“Censorship”, “The Future of the Novel”, “Notes on These Pages”, “Nova Police Besieged McEwan Hall”
(M&M C51) (ES III-26) (BS C45)

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48. RANDSTAD, No. 4, edited by Hugo Claus, Ivo Michels, Harry Mulisch, Simon Vinkenoog
Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, January 1963
“Outskirts of the City” [Dutch translation by Cornelis Bastiaan Vaandrager and Simon Vinkenoog]
(M&M C52) (ES III-40) (BS C58)

49. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 7, No. 29, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, March–April 1963
“Two Episodes from Nova Express”
(M&M C53) (ES III-41) (BS C51)

50. OLYMPIA, No. 4, edited by Maurice Girodias
Paris: Olympia, April 1963
“The Ticket That Exploded”
(M&M C54) (ES III-41) (BS C56)

51. THE YALE LITERARY MAGAZINE, Vol. 131, Nos. 3 & 4, edited by Michael S. Gill
New Haven: Yale Literary Society, April 1963
“Call the Old Doctor Twice?”
(M&M C55) (ES III-42) (BS C61)

52. THE OUTSIDER, Vol. 1, No. 3, edited by Jon Edgar & Gypsy Lou Webb
New Orleans: Loujon Press, Spring 1963
“Take It to Cut City U.S.A.”
(M&M C57) (not in ES) (BS C57)




53. GAMBIT: THE NEW UNIVERSITY REVIEW, edited by Mike Shea
Edinburgh: The University of Edinburgh, Spring 1963
“The Mayan Caper”
(M&M C58) (not in ES) (BS C53)

54. THE HARVARD ADVOCATE, Vol. 97, No. 3, edited by Donald Bloch
Cambridge: Harvard Advocate, Spring 1963
“Who Him? Don’t Let Him Out There”
(M&M C59) (ES III-45) (BS C54)

55. CLEFT, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Bill McArthur
Edinburgh, June 1963
“Martin’s Folly”
(M&M C60) (ES III-46) (BS C50)
[not in archive]



56. IL VERRI, No. 8, edited by Luciano Anceschi
Milan: Feltrinelli, June 1963
“Le Censura e il Romanzo”
(M&M C61) (not inES) (BS C60)

57. AKZENTE, Vol. 10, No. 3, edited by Walter Höllerer and Hans Bender
Munich: Carl Hanser, June 1963
“Border Town” [German translation by Katharina and Peter Behrens]
(M&M C62) (ES III-47) (BS C47)

58. BIRMINGHAM BULLETIN, No. 2
Birmingham, Autumn 1963
“Unfinished Cigarette.”
(M&M C63) (ES III-48) (BS C48)

59. THE TRANSATLANTIC REVIEW, No. 14, edited by J.F. McCrindle
London: The Transatlantic Review, Autumn 1963
“The Beginning Is Also the End”
(M&M C64) (ES III-49) (BS C59)

60. FILM: QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF THE FEDERATION OF FILM SOCIETIES, No.37
London: Federation of Film Societies, Autumn 1963).
“Towers Open Fire”
(M&M C65) (not in ES) (BS C52)

61. CITY LIGHTS JOURNAL, No. 1, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
San Francisco: City Lights, 1963
“I Am Dying, Meester?” [excerpt from The Yage Letters]
(M&M C66) (ES III-50) (BS C49)

62. MY OWN MAG, No. 2, edited by Jeff Nuttall
Barnet: Jeff Nuttall, December 1963
“From H. B. William S. Burroughs”
(M&M C93) (not in ES) (BS C55)
[not in archive]





References consulted:

Maynard, Joe and Barry Miles. William S. Burroughs: A Bibliography, 1953-73: Unlocking Inspector Lee’s Word Hoard
Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1978. (ref. M&M)

Schottlaender, Brian E. C. Anything But Routine: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography of William S. Burroughs
San Diego: UC San Diego Libraries, 2012 (ref. BS)

Shoaf, Eric C. Collecting William S. Burroughs in Print: A Checklist
Rumford: Ratishna Books, 2000 (ref. ES)


Online resources:

Reality Studio

Schottlaender Bibliography

Shoaf Bibliography