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American Literary Studies

Barry Gifford Papers

The Papers

The Barry Gifford Papers feature the materials of literary production of Barry Gifford' s creative career into 1997, including manuscripts, personal notebooks, and correspondence. Also present is a comprehensive collection of Gifford's published works in various editions and translations.

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

Call Number: M0927

Size: 16 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 Barry Gifford ( 1946 - )

Poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, editor, memoirist, biographer, and critic, Barry Gifford was born in Chicago in 1946. He attended both the University of Missouri and Cambridge University. Beginning a diverse career in letters as a poet with Coyote Tantras (1973), Barry Gifford expanded his interests successfully into a wide range of other genres. Deeply interested in the Beats, Gifford co-authored (with Lawrence Lee) Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac (1978). This collaboration continued with Saroyan: A Biography (1984). His first novel was Landscape with Traveler: The Pillow Book of Frances Reeves (1980), followed quickly the same year by Port Tropique (1980), which earned him a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for fiction in 1982. His novel Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula (1984) was adapted by director David Lynch into the film Wild at Heart. Gifford followed this popular work with the sequel Sailor's Holiday (1991). Gifford co-founded the influential noir publishing concern Black Lizard Books, where he served as editor until 1989. He recently returned to collaboration with David Lynch on the screenplay for the film Lost Highway (1997).

Link to Gifford's own website:

Selected Biographies

Contemporary Authors New Revision #40, pp. 168 - 170.

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