Mar 19, 2015 - Sale 2376

Sale 2376 - Lot 179

Price Realized: $ 910
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
ORIGIN AND EXPLANATION OF CUT-UP TECHNIQUE BURROUGHS, WILLIAM S. Group of 4 items, each to Gregory Stephenson: Two Typed Letters Signed, with several holograph corrections * Two Autograph Notes Signed, greeting cards. The letters, discussing parallels between Gnosticism and his own writing, giving his account of the origin and import of the cut-up technique, mentioning that he had just finished his new novel, Place of Dead Roads, stating that he had undergone training in the operation of lie detectors and how to defeat them. The notes, thanking for gifts. Together 6 pages, 4to, or oblong 12mo; condition generally good. Each with the original envelope. [Lawrence], 1982-93

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20 November 1982: ". . . My knowledge of the Gnostics was extremely superficial: I did not even know the meaning of the word before reading your treatise. However, the precise parraells [sic] with my own lines of thought, independently arrived at, are striking. I feel that the established dogmatic religious systems like Christianity and Islam are not simply inadequate, but basically evil in that they block spiritual emancipation . . . .
". . . The cut-ups were Brion Gysins's idea not mine. He said that writing is fifty years behind painting and applied montage techniques to writing. Life is a cut up. Every time you walk down the street or look out the window you[r] consciousness is cut by random factors. . . . By literally cutting through the prerecordings, we extend the area of awareness and open the door to the unforeseen and the unpredictable . . . ."
3 June 1984: ". . . I have been trained in the use of a lie detector 8 hours a day for six weeks. Most of the ways of beating the machine would be quickly spotted by an experienced operator. . . . Yes I have read all the Don Juan books and I took a seiminar [sic] with Robert Monroe the Journey Out of the Body--man, interesting but inconclusive."
with--Brion Gysin. Group of 9 items to Stephenson, including an 3 ALsS, two TLsS, and Autograph Postcards Signed, mostly on personal topics, but some concerning Borroughs. Together 9 pages, 4to or oblong 12mo. Vp, 1980-83.