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William Burroughs and Brion Gysin writings, 1963-1973, 1997

Creator:
Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997  Search this
Subject:
Burroughs, William S.  Search this
Brady, John  Search this
Grinstein, Stanley  Search this
Bradshaw, David  Search this
Grinstein, Elyse  Search this
Hotel Les Goelands (Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France)  Search this
Topic:
Collagists  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Authors  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Experimental fiction  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17446
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)386722
AAA_collcode_burrwill
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_386722

William Burroughs and Brion Gysin writings

Creator:
Gysin, Brion, 1916-1986  Search this
Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997  Search this
Names:
Hotel Les Goelands (Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France)  Search this
Bradshaw, David  Search this
Brady, John  Search this
Grinstein, Elyse, 1929-2016  Search this
Grinstein, Stanley, 1927-2014  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Drawings
Photographs
Date:
1997
1963-1973
Summary:
The writings of American writer William S. Burroughs and British writer Brion Gysin measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1973, and 1997. This collection includes three books of writings by Burroughs and Gysin and one folder of letters from artist David Bradshaw to art collectors Stanley and Elyse Grinstein about William Burroughs.
Scope and Contents:
The writings of American writer William S. Burroughs and British writer Brion Gysin measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1973, and 1997. This collection includes three books of writings by Burroughs and Gysin and one folder of letters from artist David Bradshaw to art collectors Stanley and Elyse Grinstein about William Burroughs.

The three books of writings by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin use a "cut-up technique" of diaristic writings. Drawings, clippings, photos, and other items are pasted onto the pages throughout the books. Two of the books were created in agenda books and the third was created in a Les Goelands notebook. The third book has been identified as "John Brady's book," after a friend of Burroughs. There are a few loose pages from the Les Goelands notebook in a corresponding folder and one folder of letters about Burroughs written by the artist David Bradshaw.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 1 series.

Series 1: Writings, 1963-1973, 1997 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)
Biographical / Historical:
William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was a writer in New York, Mexico, Morocco, and Kansas. Burroughs's friend, painter and poet Brion Gysin, developed the "cut-up technique" of writing, a form of collage using blocks of randomly arranged text, which was popularized by Burroughs. Gysin taught the cut-up technique to Burroughs at the Beat Hotel in Paris, France around 1959, and Burroughs implemented the technique to create his third novel, Naked Lunch. The two continued to collaborate on projects and remained close friends.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the papers of Stanley and Elyse Grinstein, who were prominent art collectors and patrons.

The New York Public Library archive also possesses a substantial collection of William S. Burroughs papers.
Provenance:
The William Burroughs and Brion Gysin writings were donated in 2017 by the Grinstein family, via Ayn Grinstein, Ellen Grinstein Perliter, and Nancy Grinstein, executors.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The copyright for the material by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin is controlled by the William S. Burroughs Trust (which includes the Gysin Estate). The Wylie Agency LLC, 250 West 57th Street, Suite 2114, New York, N. Y. 10107, are literary agents representing the Estates of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin.
Topic:
Authors  Search this
Collagists  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Drawings
Photographs
Citation:
William Burroughs and Brion Gysin writings, 1963-1973, 1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.burrwill
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