Queer

BURROUGHS, William S. Queer.

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BURROUGHS, William S. Queer. New York: Viking, 1985.

8vo., blue cloth embossed in blind to upper cover; lettered in silver to spine; unclipped pictorial dust jacket designed by Neil Stuart; photo frontis by Allen Ginsberg; pp. xxiii, [iii]; 134; cloth ever-so faded to edges with the odd smudge; else fine in fine jacket which has just the odd mark and tiny nick.
First edition.
“Queer is a love story” the blurb states. In typical Burroughs style, the protagonist, a recovering Heroin addict, wanders around cities pining for a young man named Eugene Allerton. The story spent 30 years in manuscript form before being eventually taken up by Viking in 1985.
The novel is in part a sequel to his more famous earlier novel Junkie, which ends with the stated ambition of finding a drug called Yage, a psychoactive brew made by certain communities in the Amazon basin.

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