Item #346757 Typed Letter, signed (“William Burroughs”), to his editor Dick Seaver. William S. Burroughs.

Burroughs on The Third Mind: “the text can be cut”

Typed Letter, signed (“William Burroughs”), to his editor Dick Seaver.

London: 1967.

Price: $2,000.00


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Typed on a sheet of wove paper. One page (approx. 100 words). 1 vols. 4to. Burroughs on The Third Mind: “the text can be cut”. Old folds. About fine.

Item #346757

Novelist and experimental writer William Burroughs writes his editor Dick Seaver from London concerning The Third Man and serial extracts from Naked Lunch (reading, in part):

December 7 1967
8 Duke Street
St James
London S.W. 1

Dear Dick Seaver,

I am not planning a trip to New York at this time and hope we can straighten out questions on The Third Mind by mail. I feel that the text can be cut in many places and if you would send me the manuscript would be glad to do this …
The first excerpts of Naked Lunch appeared in the Chicago Review which then became Big Table. I do not know of any other excerpts. With all best wishes.
Cordially,

William Burroughs

A direct communication about edits to The Third Mind, the explication and example of the cut-up process — collage applied to literature — devised by Burroughs and his artist friend Brion Gysin.