William S. Burroughs, 1914-1997
The Naked Lunch
Paris: Olympia Press, 
First published in Paris, July 1959, as The Naked Lunch in the Olympia Press Traveller’s Companion Series—other titles in the series include Samuel Beckett’s Molloy (1955), Henry Miller’s Quiet Days in Clichy (1956), and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (1955), as well as other lesser know works like School for Sin (1955), Tender was my Flesh (1955), and The Whip Angels. Olympia publisher Maurice Girodias had initially turned down Naked Lunch, but changed his mind when parts of the book began appearing in literary journals such as the Chicago Review, Big Table, and Yūgen. The dustjacket of Naked Lunch, shown here, was designed by Burroughs himself.