Sorrentino, Gilbert

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David Markson was born in Albany, New York, on December 20, 1927. He received his B.A. from Union College in 1950 and his M.A. from Columbia University in 1952. He has written seven novels and a critical study.

From the description of Letters to David Markson, 1998 Sept. 3-2000 Feb. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122571237

Louis Mackey was known for his works on Kierkegaard, Saint Augustine and Medieval Philosophy. His published work also included literary criticism, literary theory, and inquiries into the relationship of literature to philosophy. He was especially interested in the works of Gilbert Sorrentino and Thomas Pynchon.

From the description of Gilbert Sorrentino letters to Jacob Mackey, 2001. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754865341

Chris Fishbach of Coffee House Press published these titles; Mel Berger of the William Morris Agency sent him the material.

From the description of Typescripts and galley proofs of LUNAR FOLLIES and A STRANGE COMMONPLACE, 2003-2005. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754864462

Klinkowitz, Jerome. “Gilbert Sorrentino.” Contemporary Novelists, 6th edition. Ed. Susan Windisch Brown. Detroit: St. James Press, 1995. pp. 929-931. Lewis, Barry. “David Markson.” Contemporary Novelists, 6th edition. Ed. Susan Windisch Brown. Detroit: St. James Press, 1995. pp. 655-656. O’Brien, John. “Gilbert Sorrentino.” Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 1980. Detroit: Gale Research Co, 1980. pp. 310-314.

Gilbert Sorrentino was born on April 27, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brooklyn College from 1950–1951. From 1951–1953, he left school to serve in the Army Medical Corps. After an abortive attempt at writing a novel, Sorrentino returned to Brooklyn College in 1955.

In 1956, Sorrentino, together with some friends from Brooklyn College, founded a literary magazine called Neon . The issues that Sorrentino edited, from 1956 to 1960, contained contributions from many prominent writers, including William Carlos Williams, LeRoi Jones, Hubert Selby, Jr, Fielding Dawson, and Joel Oppenheimer. From 1961 to 1963, Sorrentino both wrote for and edited Kulchur, a literary magazine whose contributors included members of the Black Mountain school, the Beats, and the New School. From 1965 to 1970, he worked at Grove Press, first as an assistant, then as an editor. His first editing assignment was Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X .

A prolific writer, Sorrentino has published over twenty volumes of fiction, poetry, and essays. His first book of poetry, The Darkness Surrounds Us, was published in 1960. Seven more volumes of his poetry were published between 1964 and 1981. Sorrentino’s first novel, The Sky Changes (1966), which he began writing in 1961, was followed by Steelwork (1970), in which Sorrentino draws upon memories of his Brooklyn childhood. Next came Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things (1971), a roman á clef about the art and literary avant-garde community of 1950s and 1960s New York. After another novel, Spendide-Hôtel (1973), Sorrentino published his most commercially successful work, Mulligan Stew (1979). He has published eight more novels, most recently Red the Fiend (1995).

In addition to numerous grants, including two Guggenheim fellowships (1973, 1987), Sorrentino has won the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature (1981), an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1985), and the Lannan Literary award for fiction (1992). He currently teaches literature at Stanford University.

David Markson was born in Albany, New York, on December 20, 1927. He received his B.A. from Union College in 1950 and his M.A. from Columbia University in 1952. During the 1940s and ’50s, he worked as a writer for the Albany Times-Union (1944–46, 1949–50), and as an editor for Dell publishers (1953–54) and Lion Books (1955–56). In addition, he has taught English at Long Island University (1964–66) and Columbia (1979–87). Markson has written seven novels, including The Ballad of Dingus Magee (1966), Springer’s Progress (1977), and Wittgenstein’s Mistress (1989). He has also published a collection of poetry (1993) and a critical study, Malcolm Lowry’s Volcano: Myth, Symbol, and Meaning . (1978).

From the guide to the Gilbert Sorrentino letters to David Markson, 1988–1998, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

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referencedIn Cid Corman Papers., 1954-1989. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
creatorOf Rossel, M. de (Elisabeth Paul Edouard), 1765-1829,. Papers found inserted in books [manuscript] 1806-1982. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-. Papers of Imamu Amiri Baraka [manuscript], 1960-1963. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. Allen Ginsberg papers, 1937-1994. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Diane Di Prima Papers, 1948-1971 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Typed letters signed (9) : New York, etc., to Carl Thayer, 1971 Nov. 29-1977 June 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn A conversation with Robert Creeley; with Marjorie Perloff, Albert Gelpi, and Gilbert Sorrentino [videorecording], 1993 Oct 22 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Conjunctions. Records I, 1981-1984. State Library of Ohio
creatorOf Conjunctions. Records II, 1985-1987. State Library of Ohio
referencedIn Barone, Dennis. Papers, 1975-1991. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Letters to David Markson, 1998 Sept. 3-2000 Feb. 5. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford authors videorecordings, 1995-1998 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Review of Contemporary Fiction / Dalkey Archive Press : records, 1980-1988. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Degnan, June Oppen. Papers, 1959-1973. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn John Taggart Papers, 1965-1974 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Letters to David Markson, 2000-2002. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn The Review of Contemporary Fiction/Dalkey Archive Press : records, 1980-1990 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Parnassus: poetry in review records, 1971-1996 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Olson, Toby. Toby Olson papers, circa 1970-2005. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn McPheron, William. Gilbert Sorrentino; a descriptive bibliography : research material and correspondence, 1959-1991. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf FitzGerald, Russell. Russell FitzGerald papers, circa 1952-1993. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn (Everett) Leroi Jones (aka Amiri Baraka) Papers, 1957-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Gilbert Sorrentino letters to David Markson, 1988–1998 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Allen Ginsberg papers, 1937-1994 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Coleman Dowell Papers, 1925-1993 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Judson Crews Papers TXRC94-A16., 1935-1981, (bulk 1940-1966) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Gilbert Sorrentino letters to Jacob Mackey, 2001. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Letters to Louis Mackey, 1999-2003. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Gilbert Sorrentino papers, 1950-2004. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Grove Press Records, 1953-1985 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books, 1937-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Guérard, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1914-. Albert J. Guérard papers, 1932-1998. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn William Bronk Papers, 1908-1999. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Peter Bertolette Papers., undated, 1953-1990. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Letters to David Markson, 2004-2005. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Eigner, Larry, 1927-1996. Larry Eigner papers, 1937-1995. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Caterpillar Archive, ca.1957-1987 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn George Economou Papers, 1954-1996. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Letters to Louis H. Mackey, 1985-1999. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Gerard Malanga Papers, 1944-1971 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn June Oppen Degnan Papers, 1959-1973 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
referencedIn The Grenfell Press Archive, 1980-1996, 1982-1986 Rare Book and Special Collections Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Denise Levertov papers from the estate of Mitchell Goodman, circa 1952-1985 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Joel Oppenheimer Papers, 1925-1988. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
creatorOf Crews, Judson. Papers, 1935-1981 (bulk 1940-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Cole, Peter, 1957-. [Grenfell Press archive collection]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Ossman, David, 1936-. Tape recordings of interviews with poets and poetry readings, 1960-1970. University of Toledo, William S. Carlson Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Typescripts and galley proofs of LUNAR FOLLIES and A STRANGE COMMONPLACE, 2003-2005. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Economou, George. George Economou papers, 1954-1996. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Bronk, William. William Bronk papers, 1908-1999. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert, 1929-. Poems, [1951-1975?]. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Larry Fagin Papers., n.d., 1958-1977. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn Chandler Brossard Papers, 1951-2002 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn The Perishable Press, Ltd. Records and papers, 1965-1980. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Sorrentino, Gilbert. Letters to Morton Lucks, 1978-1997. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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Birth 1929-04-27

Death 2006-05-18

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