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Little Magazines

The 1960s and 1970s were the heyday of the avant-garde little magazine movement in the United States as well as in Great Britain and Europe. Many of the most important little magazines from this period were cheaply yet creatively produced with new, low-cost printing technologies, notably the mimeograph machine. In fact, the term “mimeograph revolution” is often applied to the little magazines and small presses of the 1960s and 1970s. The work of William S. Burroughs was featured in many of the most important little magazines.



My Own Mag

The prolific British avant-garde artist, poet, and small press editor/publisher Jeff Nuttall played a key role within the international alternative/underground press and literary scene from the 1960s to 1980s and was one of William S. Burroughs's chief collaborators. Nuttall's mimeograph magazine My Own Mag ran for seventeen issues (November 1963-September 1966) and featured Burroughs prominently, particularly his cut-ups, and a number of issues were substantially devoted to Burroughs. Following Issue #4 of My Own Mag, Burroughs played a much more active role in the magazine, even serving as editor of his own section, alternately entitled "The Burrough" and "The Moving Times."

Special Collections holds several issues with Burroughs's contributions, two of which (#s1 and 2) are from the library of Paul Bowles. Burroughs also sent Bowles a typescript (#3) of one of his My Own Mag pieces which bears his manuscript notes.




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