When “Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch” first appeared in The Chicago Review, public outrage over obscenity caused the University of Chicago to suppress its publication. In response, Chicago Review editor Irving Rosenthal founded a new literary journal called Big Table, whose inaugural issue included a reprint of the ten episodes from William S. Burrough’s novel-in-progress. The completed novel was first published in Paris by Olympia Press in 1959.
FSU Special Collections & Archives is pleased to announce we have recently added Big Table I and the first edition, first printing, second issue of the Olympia Press Naked Lunch to the Gontarski Grove Press Collection. These two new editions strengthen our holdings in William S. Burroughs, which include the first US printing of Naked Lunch by the Grove Press, as well as important Burroughs literary manuscripts and correspondence in the Francois Bucher Papers.
Other new Grove Press titles include: Oh! Calcutta! by Kenneth Tynan and All Men Are Brothers (Shui Hu Chuan) translated by Pearl S. Buck.
Banned Books Week 2016 is here! This year from September 25th to October 1st, we celebrate open access to information and the freedom to read. FSU Special Collections & Archives is host to several frequently challenged and banned classics available for use in our Reading Room, including:
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence (1928)
- Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (1953)
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (1884)
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (1965)
- The Call of the Wild, by Jack London (1903)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway (1940)
- Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
- The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer (1948)
- Howl, by Allen Ginsberg (1956)
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (1960)
- Ulysses, by James Joyce (1922)
- Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs (1959)
For more information on banned books, check out the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week website.