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RESEARCH HELP > HUMANITIES AND AREA STUDIES > AMERICAN LITERARY STUDIES

American Literary Studies


Gregory Corso Papers

The Papers

Stanford has two special collections that contain original manuscripts, correspondence, and other archival materials related to Gregory Corso.

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library.

Finding Guides: Details are listed below with the specific collections.

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 speccollref@stanford.edu or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.


Career of Gregory Corso (1930 - )

American poet and author, Gregory Corso was born in New York City in 1930. In and out of jails as a youth, Corso is largely self-taught through his extensive reading and travel. An influential member of the Beat generation, Corso is closely associated with Allen Ginsberg, whom he first met in New York in 1950. His first published poems appeared in the Harvard Advocate in 1954, followed by his first book, The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems (1955). His 1958 work Gasoline, introduced by Ginsberg, marks the beginning of his long association with San Francisco's City Lights Bookstore and the Bay Area in general, which figures prominently in much of Corso's work. During the late 50s and early 60s Corso published several other books of poetry, including Bomb (1958), The Happy Birthday of Death (1960) and Long Live Man (1962). Such later verse as Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit (1981) was less well received, but Corso found a new generation of readers with Mindfield: New and Selected Poems (1989).

Gregory Corso Notebooks and Papers

Size: 1.5 linear ft.

Call Number: M0877

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.

Content: The collection contains 20 holograph notebooks and other manuscripts, dating from the early 1980s into the 1990s. Totaling approximately 2500 manuscript pages, the papers offer a wealth of primary source material, indicative of Corso's working process. Notebooks include random notations, drafts of poetry, drawings, and collages. Many of the manuscript pages are not identifiable as part of larger published works and are unpublished. The collection also includes some books, interviews, photographs, and correspondence with Allen Ginsberg.

Corso, Gregory. Papers, 1960-1970.

Size: 1 linear ft.

Call Number: M0721

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.

Content: Holograph manuscripts of poetry and prose somewhat fragmentary in nature. Many of the manuscript pages are unidentifiable as part of larger works. The correspondence includes both professional and highly personal material.

Bibliography of Corso

Wilson, Robert A. A Bibliography of the Works of Gregory Corso,1954-1965. (Phoenix Book Shop, 1966)

Selected Biographical and Critical Works on Corso:

Cherkovski, Neeli. Whitman's Wild Children: Profiles of Ten Contemporary American Poets. (Lapis Press, 1988)
Knight, Arthur, and Kit Knight, eds. The Beat Vision: A Primary Sourcebook . (Paragon House, 1987)
Selerie, Gavin, ed. Gregory Corso. (London: Binnacle, 1982)
Stephenson, Gregory. Exiled Angel : A Study of the Work of Gregory Corso. (London: Hearing Eye, 1989)

Related Manuscript Collections at Stanford

Allen Ginsberg Papers

Irving Rosenthal Papers

 

 

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