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American Literary Studies

The Eddie Woods Papers

The Papers

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call Number: M1386

Size: ca. 76 linear feet

Finding Guide: An electronic version of the finding guide is available here. A link to the catalog record can be found here.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies and photographs can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.


The Eddie Woods Archive

The Eddie Woods Archive documents an understudied, indeed largely undefined, segment of the “new American poetry and prose” of the post-1945 period – namely, the expatriate and, to a certain extent, surrealist school that has numerous connections with the Beats but is essentially an independent, coherent body of work whose leading figures are represented in this collection by substantial numbers of manuscript materials, correspondence, scarce and rare books, photographs, and a variety of art prints, including numerous silk screens. The principal centers of this expatriate vein of post-WWII American cultural expression were Amsterdam, London, Morocco, Nepal, Bombay and other sites in India, Thailand, Bali, and to a lesser degree Paris. Eddie Woods (b. 1940, in New York) moved into this cultural circle in the early 1970s. Originally a journalist, he first made contact with it through his newspaper and radio work in Thailand, which was eventually followed by his becoming an editor for International Times (IT), a London-based monthly that was one of the counter-culture’s major voices in the 1960s and 1970s. Woods had begun writing poetry and fiction by this time, and after he moved to Amsterdam in the late 1970s, he founded Ins & Outs magazine, then subsequently the Ins & Outs Press and Bookstore, all of which flourished as publishers, publicists, and organizers of expatriate cultural productions from the late 70s and into the 80s (with the Press continuing into the early 90s). In October 2004 the Press emerged from a decade of ‘suspended animation’ with the release of Eddie Woods’ spoken-word CD Dangerous Precipice, followed a year later by his book Tsunami of Love: A Poems Cycle. The recorded version of Tsunami of Love appeared on compact disc in August 2007.

In his role as a cultural impresario and artistic entrepreneur, Eddie Woods, still an active poet and prose writer, is an important presence, both in American expatriate circles and among European avant-gardists, especially Dutch and Italian. Woods’ promotional activities made him, in short, a crucial center to the movement, and his archive documents his close connections with its leading figures, including Paul Bowles (14 very substantive letters and 40+ pages of mss), Ira Cohen (199 letters, 75 pp. of mss, and 200+ photographs, including early “mylar” experiments), Bob and Eileen Kaufman (20+ letters, 200+pp of mss, unique taped interviews), Louise Landes-Levi (36 letters, 60+pp. of mss, numerous unique tapes) William Levy (95 letters, 220+pp. mss), and Jack Micheline (26 letters, 20+ works of art, unique interviews, and other materials).

The Archive also contains manuscripts and many photographs of the principal Beat writers, including William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, and Harold Norse. It features, as well, significant documentation on numerous European avant-garde figures of the period, such as the British writer Tom Raworth (15 quite substantive holograph letters and related items), the Dutch photographer Peter Edel (5 letters, 50 photographs, including portraits of William Burroughs, Julian Beck, Allen Ginsberg, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko, along with annotated contact sheets), Piero Heliczer, Italian-born American poet, playwright and filmmaker (35 letters, c. 50pp. of mss, and numerous related items), and Chris Sanders, long-time publisher of the International Times (23 letters and a full-box of related manuscripts, documentation and additional correspondence).

Eddie Woods' web site can be found here.

In addition to the materials listed in the finding guide above, there is a currently unprocessed collection of Special Books and Magazines that are part of the Eddie Woods archive. While we are waiting for these to be processed, a preliminary inventory of these books and magazines can be seen here:

Special Books and Magazines

Last modified: November 30, 2011

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