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American Literary Studies

Gilbert Sorrentino Papers

The Papers

The Gilbert Sorrentino Papers feature the materials of literary production of Sorrentino's creative career into 1999, including manuscripts, personal notebooks, and
correspondence. Also present is a comprehensive collection of his papers and teaching materials from classes taught at Stanford.

Location of the Collection: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call Number: M0835

Size: 48.5 Linear feet

Finding Guide: Click here for preliminary inventory of the collection.

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, photographs, and microfilm 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.

Career of Gilbert Sorrentino (1929 - 2006 )
Gilbert Sorrentino was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 27, 1929. His education at Brooklyn College was interrupted in 1951 by his service in the U. S. Army Medical Corps. In 1955 he returned to Brooklyn college, where he founded the magazine Neon with college friends, notably Hubert Selby Jr., Fielding Dawson, and Leroi Jones. He also served as editor for Kulchur magazine and worked at Grove Press from 1965 - 70. He published his first book of poems, The Darkness Surrounds Us in 1960, which was followed by Black and White (1964) In 1965, he released his first novel, The Sky Changes (1966), and began his teaching career with a course at Columbia University. Although highly regarded by critics, Sorrentino's work has always been experimental and avant-garde and gained popular attention late, with the publication of Mulligan Stew (1979). In 1982 he joined the faculty of Stanford University, teaching creative writing until his retirement in 1999. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction (1973, 1987), John Dos Passos Prize for Literature (1981), Mildred and Harold Strauss Livings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1982), American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature (1985), and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction (1992). He died in Brooklyn on May 18, 2006.

Bibliography of Gilbert Sorrentino
William McPheron, Gilbert Sorrentino: A Descriptive Bibliography. Elmwood Park : Dalkey Archive Press, 1991.

The Darkness Surrounds Us. Highlands, NC, Jargon, 1960.
Black and White. New York, Totem, 1964.
The Perfect Fiction. New York, Norton, 1968.
Corosive Sublimate. Los Angeles, Black Sparrow Press, 1971.
A Dozen Oranges. Santa Barbara, CA Black Sparrow Press, 1976.
White Sail. Santa Barbara, California, Black Sparrow Press,1977.
Suipiciae Elegidial Elegiacs of Sulpicia. Mount Horeb, Perishable Press, 1977.
The Orangery. Austin, University of Texas Press, 1978.
Selected Poems 1958-1980. Santa Barbara, California, Black Sparrow Press, 1981.
A Beehive Arranged on Humane Principles. New York, Grenfell Press, 1986.

The Sky Changes. New York, Hill and Wang, 1966.
Steelwork. New York, Pantheon, 1970.
Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things. New York, Pantheon, 1971.
Splendide-Hotel. New York, New Directions, 1973.
Mulligan Stew. New York, Grove Press, 1979.
Aberration of Starlight. New York, Random House, 1980.
Crystal Vision. Berkeley, California, North Point Press, 1981.
Blue Pastoral. Berkeley, California, North Point Press, 1983.
Odd Number. Berkeley, California, North Point Press, 1985.
Rose Theatre. Elmwood Park, Illinois, Dalkey Archive, 1987.
Misterioso. Elmwood Park, Illinois, Dalkey Archive, 1989.
Under the Shadow. Elmwood Park, IL : Dalkey Archive Press, 1991.
Red the Fiend. New York : Fromm International Pub. Co., 1995
Pack of Lies. Normal, IL : Dalkey Archive Press, 1997.
Gold Fools. Los Angeles : Sun & Moon Press, 1999.

Flawless Play Restored: The Masque of Fungo. Los Angeles, Black Sparrow Press, 1974.

Something Said (essays). Berkeley, California, North Point Press, 1984.

Related Manuscript Collections at Stanford

Letters to David Markson, 1998 Sept. 3-2000 Feb. 5.
39 typed letters signed and 1 autograph note signed.

Letters to Louis H. Mackey, 1985-1999.
3 folders (82 letters)

Review of Contemporary Fiction/Dalkey Archive Press.
Records of the journal and press from 1980-1988.

Other Related Manuscript Collections

Letters to David Markson, 1988 -1998
Special Collections, University of Delaware, Newark.

Coleman Dowell Papers
Special Collections, New York University

Interviews online
Review of Contemporary Fiction, Spring 1981, Volume 1
Interview by John O'Brien

The Write Stuff
Interview by Alexander Laurence

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