Burroughs, William S.Exterminator!Hard Cover. New York: The Viking Press, 1973. 1st Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.First edition, first printing. One of 7,500 copies. Inscribed by Burroughs on the title page: "For Raymond / William S. Burroughs". Publisher's brown cloth, with a cockroach illustration to the bottom right corner of the front board in black; in the original white pictorial dust jacket, with a cockroach illustration to the bottom right corner of the front panel, black and teal lettering. Book fine; unclipped dust jacket, fine with just two tiny spots to front flap fold, else bright and clean. A tight and fresh copy, signed by Burroughs. Maynard and Miles A23a. Despite being labeled a novel, Exterminator! is a collection of Burroughs' short stories, including "The Lemon Kid," "From Here to Eternity," "Ali's Smile," "Twilight's Last Gleamings," and "Wind Die. You Die. We Die.," among others. Like many of Burroughs' writings, Exterminator! is semi-autobiographical in nature; the title Exterminator! is based on the author's own experience as an exterminator, a position which he held while living in Chicago. Like his Nova Trilogy, Exterminator! is about the perpetual chase of criminals by corrupted police, or, in this case, various kinds of exterminators and exterminations. Also like his trilogy, the plot is an allegory for, as the dust jacket explains, "power and the abuses of power, about aimless violence and studied hypocrisy."
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