The Last Words of Dutch Schultz

BURROUGHS, William. The Last Words of Dutch Schultz.

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BURROUGHS, William. The Last Words of Dutch Schultz. London: Cape Goliard Press, 1970.

Tall, thin 8vo., olive-green cloth with lettering in gilt to spine; four illustrated plates by R. B. Kitaj printed in red bound in at front, including additional pictorial title; black end papers; pp. 81, [vii]; aside from very minor rubbing to the head and foot of spine and corners, a fine copy, the glassine wrapper with a small corner crease and tiny minuscule nick to foot.
Limited edition, this numbered 88 of 100 copies hand numbered and signed 'William S Burroughs' in blue ink. This copy additionally inscribed in black ink underneath "For the Dutchman - May 18, 1997." Burroughs died in August of that same year.
An intriguing publication, being Burroughs' interpretation of the 1930s German-Jewish-American gangster Dutch Schultz's nonsensical dying words after being shot in the Gent's toilets of a Newark bar. The result is a 'film script' which is typical of the beatnik's cut-ups; i.e., a series of loosely connected vignettes which record Schultz's flashbacks from childhood through to his rise to power.

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