Nova Express. William S. Burroughs.

Nova Express

Hard Cover. New York: Grove Press, 1964. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.


First edition, first printing. Publisher's bright red cloth, spine lettered in black; in the original orange and black pictorial dust jacket designed by Roy Kuhlman, with white, orange, and black lettering. Book with some light wear to the extremities, else fine; unclipped dust jacket, with some light wear to the extremities, minor dimming to the spine, a few light spots of minor soiling to the otherwise bright panels. Overall, a tight and attractive copy. Maynard and Miles A10a. Nova Express is the third and final installment in Burrough's The Nova Trilogy, which also includes The Soft Machine (1961) and The Ticket that Exploded (1962). Together, the series represents Burroughs' follow-up to his 1959 The Naked Lunch. Interestingly, Nova Express is considered the best novel in the trilogy, winning more individual praise than its predecessors. In this text, Burroughs describes the perpetual battle between the "Nova mob," and "Nova police" that forms a "hallucinatory interplanetary cops-and-robbers game." The story serves as an allegory for the factors that weigh in on an individual's identity and, as the dust jacket proclaims, Burroughs' insists that "what he proposes be literally taken by us as a prescription for our sanity." Adding to its bizarre nature, Nova Express was written using Brion Gysin's cut-up method, in which authors slice up paragraphs of text and then combine unrelated words and phrases to create a new text. As Burroughs explains in his forward note, the cut-up method, which has its origins in Dadaism, had the consequential effect of rendering Nova Express "a composite of many writers living and dead."


Item #WB029

Price: $150.00