Early Routines

License Expired, Rights Reverted

by William Burroughs

photograph of the author
on trade edition
ISBN 0-932274-33-1
trade edition 1982
100 PAGES. 6" x 9"

Signed Limited edition in boards

portrait of Burroughs by David Hockney
on signed limted edition
first edition 1981
ISBN 0-932274-03-X

Described by Norman Mailer as a “religious writer,” Burroughs like Bosch before him depicts the face of total need. In these early “routines” Burroughs, as Virgilian interlocutor, treats us to a vaudeville show in Hell.

About the Book

These fragments from the early days of ‘Bill Lee's’ escapades and hallucinations in New York and Tangier bridge the gap between the hardboiled naturalism of Junkie and his surrealistic collage, Naked Lunch . . . the shoptalk and an ‘Interzone’ passage dropped from both the Olympia and Grove Press editions of Naked Lunch should interest students of contemporary fiction and, of course, all Burroughs fans.


cover art also by David Hockney Yellow Lola