Dead Fingers Talk
Dead Fingers Talk  
DeadFingersBook.jpg
1963 British hardcover edition.
Author(s) William S. Burroughs
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Calder
Publication date 1963
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
ISBN NA

Dead Fingers Talk, first published in 1963, was the fifth novel published by Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs. The book was originally published by Olympia Press.

The book combines sections from Burroughs' earlier novels, Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded, in an attempt to create a new narrative. It is sometimes referred to as a compilation, but this is technically incorrect. Its plot cannot be easily described. Although the publisher John Calder claimed that it contained previously unpublished material, this extra text has never been identified.

Dead Fingers Talk, like many of Burroughs' works, was controversial upon its release. It was the subject of a scathing review in the Times Literary Supplement that resulted in a war of words between supporters and detractors of the novel (and Burroughs in general) that played out in the magazine's letters page for months.

The book itself is considered one of the rarer of Burroughs' novels, and despite some reprints in the 1970s, has otherwise been out of print for years.

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