Speed by William S. Burroughs Jr. [TRADE PAPERBACK / 1984]

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Speed by William S Burroughs Jr


1st overlook printing.  

Trade paperback in very good condition.   Shelf wear to cover.   Reads very nicely with some mild tanning. 

Speed is an autobiographical novel about the ins and outs of the life of a methamphetamine addict.

It starts out with Burroughs in his grandmother's house in Florida and moves to the streets of New York. It is written in the straight narrative style. Throughout the book the life of the speed addict is explored and the stories of how Burroughs got from being a teenage speed-freak to getting arrested and tried for forging a prescription is touched upon. Speed was almost rejected by its publisher due to its crude themes, such as the in-depth sex scene between Burroughs and his child love, Maria.