William S. Burroughs, 1914-1997
New York: Penguin, 1977
Junkie was reprinted numerous times between 1957 and 1973, in the US, England, and France, but Ace Books failed to properly compensate Burroughs, and in the mid-1970s he won a breach of contract suit against the publisher, thereby opening the door in 1977 for a revised edition, published by Penguin. In spite of Burroughs’s efforts to have the revised edition of his first book issued with its original title “Junk,” Penguin published it with the new title, Junky (see Burroughs letter to Peter Matson in this case). The changes between Junkie and Junky include a new introduction by Allen Ginsberg, removal of the Ace chapter divisions in favor of continuous text, the editorial notes were cut as were the bowdlerizations, and almost 4,000 words previously unused from Burroughs’s manuscripts were added.