Item #5461 Kentucky Ham. William S. Burroughs Jr., Anne Waldman, William S. Burroughs, foreword, afterword.

Kentucky Ham

Woodstock: The Overlook Press, 1984. Reprint Edition. Octavo, publisher’s black cloth, spine stamped in yellow, original illustrated dust jacket.

Reissue of "the last beatnik" William S. Burroughs, Jr.’s second novel (originally published in 1973). The son of proto-Beat legend Burroughs and his common-law wife whom he infamously murdered, Billy Burroughs considered himself cursed from birth. Largely autobiographical, this searing account is an attempt to reconcile his doomed existence, detailing his early descent into addiction, his attempts to get sober, his experiences on a prison farm in Kentucky and working on a fishing boat in Alaska, and his travels to Tangier, among other events. This was the second book in what is now considered his trilogy, bookended by Speed (1970) and the unfinished Prakriti Junction, which he began in 1977 shortly after he developed cirrhosis (he would die in 1981 from liver failure). With a foreword by New York School poet Anne Waldman, and an afterword by Burroughs, Sr. Gift inscription to front endpaper. Dustiness to cloth; unclipped dust jacket with some rubbing and price sticker to upper flap. Very good. Item #5461