"Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch" (59pp.), in BIG TABLE #1 (Chicago: Spring 1959).
"Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch" (59pp.), in BIG TABLE #1 (Chicago: Spring 1959).
"Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch" (59pp.), in BIG TABLE #1 (Chicago: Spring 1959).

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"Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch" (59pp.), in BIG TABLE #1 (Chicago: Spring 1959).

8vo. Wrps., 152pp. +ads. Ed. Irving Rosenthal.

SIGNED by William Burroughs at his contribution. Other contributors include Jack Kerouac ("Old Angel Midnight"); Gregory Corso (three poems); and Edward Dahlberg.

Following the suppression of the Chicago Review, Rosenthal, Carroll, and four of the five remaining editors resigned and decided to make their own magazine, using the material originally intended for the Winter 1959 issue. The title (as with "Naked Lunch" and "Howl") came from Kerouac: in a telegram he sent to them he suggested they "Call it Big Table". The US Post Office impounded about 400 copies on grounds of obscenity, though Paul Carroll later wrote "Thank God it was banned, it made the magazine known to writers, and gave it some celebrity."

More than a year later, following a ruling by Judge Julius S. Hoffman (who later presided over the Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial), Big Table #1 was freed from censorship restrictions, Hoffman conceding that Burroughs' episodes from "Naked Lunch" were "intended to shock contemporary society, in order perhaps to better point out its weaknesses and flaws." The controversy helped "Naked Lunch" become a desirable literary property, and re-kindled Maurice Girodias's interest in publishing the novel.

Small rubbed patch with surface loss next to price on upper wrapper, o/w Very Good plus.

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