The Retreat Diaries. William S. BURROUGHS.
The Retreat Diaries.
The Retreat Diaries.
The Retreat Diaries.

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The Retreat Diaries.

NY: The City Moon, 1976. First edition, trade issue. Stapled wrappers. Illustrated with three full-page photographs.

SIGNED presentation inscription by William Burroughs on the title page: "For Pat a member of the Johnson Family William S. Burroughs November 7, 1987". The recipient, Pat Marvin, was a friend and neighbour of Burroughs in Lawrence, Kansas (he furnished his house in part with items acquired from her garage), and his appellation for her as a 'Johnson' was high praise (in his preface to "The Place of Dead Roads" Burroughs explains the meaning of the term he first encountered in Jack Black's autobiography, "You Can't Win" [1926]).

Additionally signed "For Patricia" by the book's "material assistor", David Ohle, and by its editor, James Grauerholz: "for Patricia with ♡ love for-ever 11/7/87".

The slim publication prints a collection of journal entries Burroughs made during the summer of 1975, including the title essay, which explores the dilemma faced by an artist who begins to take Buddhism seriously. Also includes "The Dream of Tibet" by Allen Ginsberg.

Near Fine.

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