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William S. Burroughs Letter

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 20 Jul 2009

Biographical History

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was an American experimental novelist, "beat" poet, and cultural icon.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William S. Burroughs Letter consists of a single item in Burroughs' hand and signed by him, on the letterhead of the Restaurant Arc-en-ciel, Paris. The letter is a humorous sketch about a restaurant ("Chez Robert") that serves "transcendental cuisine" -- the food becomes more and more appalling but the diners are too intimidated by its reputation to object.

Arrangement of the Collection

One item.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has holdings relating to several other Beat writers, including Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), Allen Ginsberg, Chandler Brossard, Jack Micheline, and Jack Kerouac. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997.

Corporate Bodies

Beat Generation (Group of writers)


Novelists, American.
Poets, American.
Restaurants -- Humor.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William S. Burroughs Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Rare Books, 1978.

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