Your Reputation Precedes You: A Reception Study of Naked Lunch

  title={Your Reputation Precedes You: A Reception Study of Naked Lunch},
  author={Meagan M. Wilson},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  pages={125 - 98}
William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch has left an indelible imprint on American literary culture. As the last novel legally suppressed for obscenity in the U.S., its 1966 triumph in the courts cleared the way for free literary discourse. Professed by Burroughs himself as too profane to print in America, Naked Lunch did not accidentally stumble upon the role of champion for free speech. Enshrouded in its reputation as filthy, immoral and depraved, Naked Lunch was repudiated by prudish society and… 

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