Rub Out the Words: The Letters, 1959-1974

Rub Out the Words: The Letters, 1959-1974

Title:Rub Out the Words: The Letters, 1959-1974
ISBN:9780061711428
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages

“Burroughs’s voice is hard, derisive, inventive, free, funny, serious, poetic, indelibly American.”
—Joan Didion

“Burroughs is the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift.”
—Jack Kerouac

Carefully edited from more than 1000 of his personal correspondences, Rub Out the Words is a collection of 300 of the best letters of Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, written between 1959 and 1974. A truly remarkable compendium, it offers an eye-opening and insightful look into the artistic process and complex personal life of the legendary literary outlaw in the post-Beat era—providing a new understanding and appreciation of an author who stood alongside Paul Bowles and Charles Bukowski as one of the most creative and rebellious American artists of the 20th century.


    Rub Out the Words: The Letters, 1959-1974 Reviews

  • Tosh

    As a writer, I'm fascinated with another writer's obsessions for their work and what they have to do, to get through that jungle, which is writing. I'm also a fan of reading correspondence because it ...

  • Kilburn Adam

    Been reading the Authorized King James Bible for fucking ages. I've read 46%. I've only reached the book of Jeremiah, and it's shit. Put it down for a bit to read some other books. Beyond any doubt th...

  • Ana-Maria Crciova

    'I cannot understand why you think it at all remarkable to come when fucked. Lots of peple do I find. Also people come from being beaten, kissed, etc. Its all electric brain stimulation. As you may kn...

  • Mat

    Burroughs is easily the best letter-writer of all the beats that I have read so far. He leaves Kerouac, Cassady and Ginsberg for dead with his eloquent but concise prose laced with his celebrated sard...

  • David Corvine

    Really for those with a keen interest in William S. Burroughs. The previous collection of letters contained much material to appear, in some form, in The Yage Letters and Naked Lunch. This collection ...

  • Nicholas

    As interesting as the first book of letters, this time focusing on literal production, scientology and the dream machine, rather than the sex, drugs and travel of the first volume. ...

  • Gaylord Dold

    Burroughs, William (ed. Bill Morgan). Rub Out the Words: The Letters of William S. Burroughs, 1959-1974, Ecco/Harper Collins, New York, 2012 (440pp., illustrated, $35)Iconoclast, part-time heroin addi...

  • James Newman

    Having read and enjoyed the first volume of Burroughs correspondence I was excited to chance by this second volume in a London bookstore and wasn't disappointed by these latter letters. Burroughs has ...

  • Ben

    Do you suggest people will stop reading books and going to films? Yes, but not right away. Give it five years more or less. Why do sex films siphon interest from other films? Because they all hinge o...

  • Aaron Wilkinson

    This isn't the same as Burroughs' first collection of letters which I enjoyed more. No more get rich quick ventures of the illegal farming variety (pot, which failed) or even slightly less so (carrots...