Lost and unfinished projects (1 Viewer)

cirerita

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I think it'd be useful for us B nuts & freaks to list here all the primary projects B began and never finished or those poems and stories we know he subtmitted to a given mag but nobody has a copy of.

We all know he submitted literally hundreds of poems to the "littles" in the late 50's and early 60's that were never published:
-"I've lost 100 poems, at least, in the mails." Screams, 278
-"I've got about 500 poems out there missing" Screams, 316

But tracking that down is impossible. So let's list the lost and unfinished projects which we know for sure.

LOST:
-The infamous Write mag. A short story and a couple of poems.

UNFINISHED:
-A Place to Sleep the Night: Novel began circa 1956.
-The Way the Dead Love: Novel began circa 1966.
-The Horseplayer: Novel began circa 1970.
-The Poet: Not sure whether this one is finished or unfinished. I could read a few pages while I was at the USC. It was sure a thick novel.

I'm sure there are more unfinished projects and lost stuff. Come on, we need your input.
 
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mjp

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cirerita said:
-The Poet: Not sure whether this one is finished or unfinished. I could read a few pages while I was at the USC. It was sure a thick novel.
Why could you only read a few pages? Your time constraint, or they didn't let you have the whole thing?
 

cirerita

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I was there for a few days only and didn't have time to read AND copy everything, so I had to make choices. One of the choices was not to read all the novel.
 

Charlie

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How thick were the other novels? Were they just false starts on his present work? And do you have any idea as to whether they are fiction or more autobiography?
 

cirerita

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Hmm, I just read in a 1982 unpublished letter that B was "starting a novel called STREETWALKER". does it ring a bell to anyone?
 
yup,he mentions it in screams from the balcony,he stoped it because he was in fear of repeating too much of the stuff he already published about that time.

it was a novel about his time with jane.
 
[...] I just read in a 1982 unpublished letter that B was "starting a novel called STREETWALKER". [...]

Just to feel good, contributing something:

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" There may be time for a purely inventive work before I die on the stairway and the cats eat my stinking meat."

Made my day. Thanks, roni.
 
" There may be time for a purely inventive work before I die on the stairway and the cats eat my stinking meat. We'll see. This confessional crap might get wearing."

That's a very interesting comment. He did end up getting that purely inventive work (Pulp) written just before he died, but apparently he had the idea for something along those lines as early as 1982.
 

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