Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Burroughs mss., 1961-1963, consist of letters from author William S. Burroughs, 1914-1997, to German translators Katharina and Peter Behrens. The letters relate to the Behrens's translation into German of Naked Lunch by Burroughs. The first three, 1961, are answers to questions about definitions and German equivalents that Peter Behrens apparently asked. The August 16, 1962 letter enclosed a short piece that he hoped was suitable for translation and he states he is looking forward to seeing the German edition of Naked Lunch. April 10, 1963, he notes receipt of the German edition and congratulates them "on a superb job of translating." The German edition was published in 1962 by Limes Verlag in Wiesbaden, with a forward by Terry Southern. Three pages of typed questions related to specific page and word meanings, with Burroughs's interlined answers, complete the collection.

Purchase. 2004

Collection size: 7 items

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