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American Literary Studies

Larry Eigner Papers

The Papers

Personal papers through 1996, including all his poetry manuscripts arranged in sequence of composition by Eigner himself. Also literary and family correspondence, prose manuscripts, notebooks and juvenilia of Larry Eigner.

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

Call Number: M0902

Size: 19 boxes

Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.

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 Larry Eigner (1927 - 1996)

American poet born in Swampscott, MA, Eigner was confined his entire life to a wheelchair as a result of cerebral palsy. Educated at home by his parents, he lived with them in Swampscott until 1978, when he moved to California. Eigner's writing reflects his special perspective on the world, developing a distinctive style to register his uniquely distanced vision of the world. His first volume of poetry From the Sustaining Air was published in 1953 by Robert Creeley. His steady productivity resulted in numerous subsequent collections, including, Another Time in Fragments (1967), Things Stirring/ Together/ or Far Away (1974), now there's-a-morning-hulk of the sky (1981), and Waters/Places/ A Time (1983). His short stories are collected in Farther North (1969) and his prose writings in Country/ Harbour/ Quiet/ Act/ Around: Selected Prose (1978) and Area/ Lights/ Heights: Selected Writings, 1954 -1989. His latest book of poetry is Windows/ Walls/ Yard/ Ways (1994), but at the time of his death he had just completed work on a new collection Readiness/ Enough/ Depends/ On, now forthcoming.

Highlights and Research Potential of the Eigner Papers:

The papers include the typescripts of all of Eigner's poetry, arranged in sequence by the author, many with holographic notations by Eigner. Also included is correspondence to Eigner arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's name. Major correspondents include from Cid Corman, Clayton Eshleman, Arthur McFarland, James Weil, Douglas Woolf, and many others. There are also copies of some of Eigner's return correspondence.

Bibliography of Larry Eigner

Leif, Irving P. Larry Eigner. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1989.

Selected Biographical and Critical Works on Eigner

Dictionary of Literary Biography (Detroit, MI: Gale Research) vol. 5, p229 - 234.



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