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Harris, Oliver (Oliver C. G.)

Works: 25 works in 115 publications in 2 languages and 5,489 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Science fiction  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Documentary films  Black humor  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3552.U75, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Oliver Harris
Junky by William S Burroughs( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and French and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch, an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junk, his first novel. It is a candid eye-witness account of times and places that are now long gone, an unvarnished field report from the American post-war underground." "Unafraid to portray himself in 1953 as a confirmed member of two socially-despised under classes (a narcotics addict and a homosexual), Burroughs was writing as a trained anthropologist when he unapologetically described a way of life - in New York, New Orleans, and Mexico City - that by the 1940's was already demonized by the artificial anti-drug hysteria of an opportunistic bureaucracy and a cynical, prostrate media." "For this fiftieth-anniversary edition, eminent Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has painstakingly recreated the author's original text, word by word, from archival typescripts and places the book's contents against a lively historical background in a comprehensive introduction. Here as well, for the first time, are Burroughs' own unpublished introduction and an entire omitted chapter, along with many "lost" passages, as well as auxiliary texts by Allen Ginsberg and others."--Jacket
William Burroughs and the secret of fascination by Oliver Harris( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The yage letters redux by William S Burroughs( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Editor's introduction -- In search of yage, 1953: William Burroughs -- Seven years later, 1960: Allen Ginsberg to William Burroughs. Burroughs' reply -- Epilogue, 1963 -- Appendices
Naked lunch @ 50 : anniversary essays( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first book devoted in its entirety to William Burroughs' masterpiece, bringing together an international array of scholars, artists, musicians, and academics from many fields to explore the origins, writing, reception, and complex meanings of Naked Lunch."--Inside cover
Essays and studies, 2005 : literature and the visual media( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fiction and film interrelate closely to each other, and the specially commissioned essays in this volume all consider different aspects of this relationship." "Beginning with discussions of Dickens and Victorian literature, the contributors, all leading scholars in this field, demonstrate how visual devices like the magic lantern caught the interest of writers and affected their choice of subject and method. The impact of the cinema on the British modernists is then discussed, and the remaining essays provide detailed case studies on such subjects as Hemingway, Updike, and the depiction of women in contemporary fiction and film."--Jacket
Everything lost : the Latin American notebook of William S. Burroughs by William S Burroughs( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In late summer 1953, as he returned to Mexico City after a seven-month expedition through the jungles of Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru, William Burroughs began a notebook of final reflections on his four years in Latin America. His first novel, Junkie, had just been published and he would soon be back in New York to meet Allen Ginsberg and together complete the manuscripts of what became The Yage Letters and Queer. Yet this notebook, the sole survivor from that period, reveals Burroughs not as a writer on the verge of success, but as a man staring down personal catastrophe and visions of looming cultural disaster." "Losses that will not let go of him haunt Burroughs throughout the notebook: "Bits of it keep floating back to me like memories of a daytime nightmare." However, out of these dark reflections we see emerge vivid fragments of Burroughs' fiction and, even more tellingly, unique, primary evidence for the remarkable ways in which his early manuscripts evolved. Assembled in facsimile and transcribed by Geoffrey D. Smith, John M. Bennett, and Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris, the notebook forces us to change the way we see both Burroughs and his writing at a turning point in his literary biography."--Jacket
The beat hotel( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel became a haven for a new breed of artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America. The hotel soon turned into an epicenter of Beat writing that produced some of the most important works of the Beat generation. It came to be known as the Beat Hotel. Alan Govenar's feature documentary The Beat Hotel explores this amazing place and time
Queer by William S Burroughs( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and French and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Mexico City during the early fifities, the story follows William Lee from bar to bar in the American expatriate scene as he pursues a young man named Allerton
The soft machine : the restored text by William S Burroughs( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Soft Machine is Burroughs' original cut-up novel, first in an experimental trilogy that includes Nova Express and The Ticket That Exploded. A surreal space-age odyssey and a total assault on the powers that turn humans into machines, the book draws the reader into an unmappable textual space where nothing is true and everyting is permitted"--Back cover
Nova Express by William S Burroughs( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The most ferociously political and prophetic book of Burroughs's "cut-up" trilogy, Nova Express fires the reader into a textual outer space the better to see our burning planet and the operations of the Nova Mob in all their ugliness. As the new edition demonstrates, the shortest of the three books was cut by Burroughs from an extraordinary wealth of typescripts to create a visionary demand to take back the world that has been stolen from us. Edited from the original manuscripts by renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris, this revised edition incorporates an introduction and appendices of never before seen materials"--Provided by publisher
The ticket that exploded by William S Burroughs( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earth was under attack, but by whom? The Insect People of Minraud? The Nova Mob? The "White Hunters"? Representatives of Hassan i Sabbah or the White Goddess?' Language is the worn coin pressed silently into my hand. Inspector J. Lee of the Nova Police knew them by many names - but he only knew one way to stop them.' The only weapon was silence: silence to say goodbye - by silence to say good. "You see, gentlemen, what we call history is the history of the word - and the word is a killer virus."' A prophetic vision of a world in which technology has gone haywire, T̀he Ticket that Exploded' completes Burroughs' classic Cut-Up Trilogy'
The yage letters redux by William S Burroughs( Recording )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In January 1953, William S. Burroughs began an expedition into the jungles of South America to find "yage," the fabled hallucinogen of the Amazon. From the notebooks he kept and the letters he wrote home to Allen Ginsberg, Burroughs composed a narrative of his adventures that later appeared as "The Yage Letters." For this edition, Oliver Harris has gone back to the original manuscripts and untangled the history of the text, telling the fascinating story of its genesis and cultural importance. Also included in this edition are extensive materials, never before published, by both Burroughs and Ginsberg
The soft machine by William S Burroughs( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Soft Machine, William S. Burroughs begins an adventure that will take us into the dark recesses of his imagination, a region where nothing is sacred, nothing taboo. Continuing his ferocious verbal assault on hatred, hype, poverty, war, bureaucracy, and addiction in all its forms, Burroughs gives us a surreal space odyssey through the wounded galaxies in a book only he could create.A total assault on the powers that turn humans into machines by writing and fixing our life scripts, Burroughs' original "cut-up" book was itself rewritten in three different forms. This new edition of The Soft Machine clarifies for the first time the extraordinary history of its writing and rewriting, demolishes the myths of his chance-based writing methods, and demonstrates for a new generation the significance of Burroughs' greatest experiment
Lettres du yagé by William S Burroughs( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in French and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En janvier 1953, William Burroughs entreprit une expédition de sept mois dans les jungles d'Amérique du Sud pour y trouver du yage, légendaire plante hallucinogène de l'Amazone. Au-delà d'une étude anthropologique, il en profite pour balayer de son regard satirique les régimes politiques locaux. A partir de ses carnets et des lettres qu'il envoie à Allen Ginsberg, Burroughs compose un récit qui fut dans un premier temps publié dans des magazines. Dans cette nouvelle édition, le professeur Oliver Harris est retourné aux manuscrits d'origine afin de raconter la surprenante genèse du texte et d'établir pour la première fois son importance culturelle dans la quête de cette drogue utilisée par les Indiens. Cette édition comporte également des textes inédits de Burroughs et de Ginsberg, lesquels nous permettent de mieux comprendre les déambulations des deux écrivains dans le monde de l'exploration et de l'écriture. (Editore)
Nova Express : the restored text by William S Burroughs( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third and final installment in Burroughs' Nova trilogy, this surrealist novel is part sci-fi, part Swiftian parody, pure Burroughs.The Soft Machine introduced us to the conditions of a universe where endemic lusts of the mind and body pray upon men, hook them, and turn them into beasts. Nova Express takes William S. Burroughs' nightmarish futuristic tale one step further. The diabolical Nova Criminals--Sammy the Butcher, Green Tony, Iron Claws, the Brown Artist, Jacky Blue Note, and Izzy the Push, to name only a few--have gained control and plan on wreaking untold destruction. It's up to Inspector Lee of the Nova Police to attack and dismantle the word and imagery machine of these "control addicts" before it's too late
William S. Burroughs : selected letters by William S Burroughs( Book )

in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ticket that exploded : the restored text by William S Burroughs( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Ticket That Exploded, William S. Burroughs' grand "cut-up" trilogy that starts with The Soft Machine and continues through Nova Express reaches its climax as inspector Lee and the Nova Police engage the Nova Mob in a decisive battle for the planet. Only Burroughs could make such a nightmare vision of scientists and combat troops, of ad men and con men whose deceitful language has spread like an incurable disease be at once so frightening and so enthralling
The letters of William S. Burroughs by William S Burroughs( Book )

in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The perception of public school administrators regarding community education programs sponsored by Maryland State Department of Education by Thomas V Vassil( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Harris, Oliver

Harris Oliver 19..-.... professeur de littérature américaine

Harris, Oliver C.G.

Harris, Oliver C.G. 1961-

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French (4)

William Burroughs and the secret of fascinationThe yage letters reduxNaked lunch @ 50 : anniversary essaysEssays and studies, 2005 : literature and the visual mediaEverything lost : the Latin American notebook of William S. BurroughsQueer