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As a freelance journalist, Stephen Harrigan has written articles for several publications including Rolling stone, The Texas observer and Texas monthly. He received the Dobie Paisano fellowship in 1977 and acted as president of the Texas Institute of Letters from 1985-87. From 1973-78 Harrigan edited a small poetry magazine titled Lucille. Harrigan is the author of Aransas, published in 1980, and Jacob's Well, published in 1984. He became senior editor of Texas monthly in 1983 and published A natural state, a book of essays from that publication, in 1988.

From the description of Manuscripts, 1976-1985. (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 19486690

From the description of Aransas file, 1976-1980. (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 19482804

Harrigan is the author of Aransas, published in 1980 and Jacob's Well, published in 1984. He became senior editor of Texas monthly in 1983. As a freelance journalist, Stephen Harrigan has written articles for several publications including Rolling stone, The Texas observer and Texas monthly. He received the Dobie Paisano fellowship in 1977 and acted as president of the Texas Institute of Letters from 1985-87. From 1973-78 Harrigan edited a small poetry magazine titled Lucille. Harrigan is the author of Aransas, published in 1980, and Jacob's Well, published in 1984. He became senior editor of Texas monthly in 1983 and published A Natural state, a book of essays from that publication, in 1988.

From the description of The Jacob's Well file, [between 1980 and 1985]. (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 19483831

As a freelance journalist, Stephen Harrigan has written articles for several publications including Rolling stone, The Texas observer and Texas monthly. He received the Dobie Paisano fellowship in 1977 and acted as president of the Texas Institute of Letters from 1985-87. From 1973-78 Harrigan edited a small poetry magazine titled Lucille. Harrigan is the author of Aransas, published in 1980, and Jacob's Well, published in 1984. He became senior editor of Texas monthly in 1983 and published A natural state, a book of essays from that publication in 1988.

From the description of Sleepyhead : typescript, undated / by Stephen Harrigan. (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 19483859

As a freelance journalist, Stephen Harrigan has written articles for several publications including Rolling stone, The Texas observer and Texas monthly. He received the Dobie Paisano fellowship in 1977 and acted as president of the Texas Institute of Letters from 1985-87. From 1973-78 Harrigan edited a small poetry magazine titled Lucille. Harrigan is the author of Aransas, published in 1980, and Jacob's Well, published in 1984. He became senior editor of Texas monthly in 1983 and published A Natural state, a book of essays from that publication, in 1988.

From the description of Miscellanea, 1958-1984. (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 19484612

From the description of Published works, 1980-1986. (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 19486675

As a freelance journalist, Stephen Harrigan has written articles for several publications including Rolling stone, Texas observer and Texas monthly. He received the Dobie Paisano fellowship in 1977 and acted as president of the Texas Institute of Letters from 1985-87. From 1973-78 Harrigan edited a small poetry magazine titled Lucille. Harrigan is the author of Aransas, published in 1980, and Jacob's Well, published in 1984. He became senior editor of Texas monthly in 1983 and published A natural state, a book of essays from that publication in 1988.

From the description of Dobie Paisano project, 1977. (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 19483881

As a freelance journalist, Stephen Harrigan has written articles for several publications including Rolling stone, The Texas observer and Texas monthly. He received the Dobie Paisano fellowship in 1977 and acted as president of the Texas Institute of Letters from 1985-87. From 1973-78 Harrigan edited a small poetry magazine titled Lucille. Harrigan is the author of Aransas, published in 1980, and Jacob's Well, published in 1984. He became senior editor of Texas monthly in 1983 and published A Natural state, a book of essays from that publication, in 1988. His 1992 book, Water and Light : A Diver's Journey to a Coral Reef, combined research on aquatic life with own experiences scuba diving off a coral reef in the Caribbean. In 1995, he published Comanche Midnight and Other Essays, followed by Gates of the Alamo, in 2000.

From the description of Collection 1958-1999 (bulk 1976-1999) (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 19482567

As a freelance journalist, Stephen Harrigan has written articles for several publications including Rolling stone, The Texas observer and Texas monthly. He received the Dobie Paisano fellowship in 1977 and acted as president of the Texas Institute of Letters from 1985-87. From 1973-78 Harrigan edited a small poetry magazine titled Lucille. Harrigan is the author of Aransas, published in 1980, and Jacob's Well, published in 1984. He became senior editor of Texas monthly in 1983 and published A Natural state, a book of essays from that publication in 1988.

From the description of Clements article, 1980-1981. (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 19483806

Stephen Harrigan was born on October 5, 1948, and grew up in Oklahoma City, Abilene and Corpus Christi. After receiving a degree in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 1971, Harrigan briefly attended graduate school and worked as a yardman and as an ad writer for the University Co-op. He contributed articles to a number of magazines, including Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire and The Texas Observer . He became a regular writer for Texas Monthly shortly after its inception and co-founded and edited Lucille, a journal of poetry, which published 10 issues between 1974 and 1978.

Harrigan received a Dobie-Paisano fellowship in 1977, which allowed him to complete his first novel. Aransas, published by Knopf in 1980, tells the story of Jeff Dowling, an alienated young man who comes to terms with himself and the world as he trains two dolphins for a circus in Port Aransas, Texas. The New York Times named the novel one of the notable books of 1980, and reviewers praised its realism and style. His second novel, Jacob's Well, also focused on man's relationship with nature, following the lives of three people who are drawn together to explore an artesian well in Central Texas. The book was named one of the best books of 1984 by The Washington Post and The Dallas Morning News .

Harrigan's recent books, until the publication in 2000 of Gates of the Alamo, have been nonfiction. As a freelance writer and later staff writer and editor for Texas Monthly, Harrigan displayed a talent for journalism, contributing interviews and other investigative pieces, but he also focused on the natural environment, writing about rivers, Big Bend, Padre Island and other Texas landmarks. Many of these essays were collected in Harrigan's third book, A Natural State: Essays on Texas (1988), which was recently republished by the University of Texas Press. His 1992 book Water and Light: A Diver's Journey to a Coral Reef combined research on aquatic life with his own experiences scuba diving off a coral reef in the Caribbean. The New York Times Book Review called Water and Light "moving, intelligent ... literary," and praised Harrigan's "remarkable ability to discuss the metaphysical and spiritual aspects of underwater exploration." Harrigan has also published a book of poetry and written screenplays, one of which, The Last of His Tribe, was broadcast on HBO.

Harrigan's works are characterized by an intense interest in humans and their relationship to the environment around them. He once wrote of his interest in natural subjects: "I don't know what nature is exactly--whether it is a category that includes human beings or shuts them out--but for me it has always contained that hint of eeriness, the sense that some vital information--common knowledge to all the universe--has been specifically withheld from me. Sometimes, as with the snake, this secrecy has seemed malevolent, but far more often it has been wonderfully tantalizing. For much of my life I have been obsessed with nature, but not in the way a naturalist would be obsessed with it--driven to classify, to define relationships, to comprehend the world's marvelous intricacy. I have simply wanted to feel more fully a part of that intricacy, to see something other than neutral scorn in the eyes of that half-imagined snake." (Introduction to A Natural State, UT Press, 1994)

Harrigan lives in Austin with his wife Sue Ellen and three daughters.

From the guide to the Stephen Harrigan Papers Collection 012., 1971-2000, (Southwestern Writers Collection, Special Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos)

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creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Collection 1958-1999 (bulk 1976-1999) Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Manuscripts, 1976-1985. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. The Jacob's Well file, [between 1980 and 1985]. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Texas Monthly, Inc. Texas Monthly Magazine Archives, Editorial Series 1972- [ongoing]. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Published works, 1980-1986. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Stephen Harrigan Papers Collection 012., 1971-2000 Southwestern Writers Collection, Special Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Aransas file, 1976-1980. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Jacob's Well map. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
referencedIn Brazos Symphony. Buffalo Altar, A Texas Symphony, Recording, 1998 University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Dobie Paisano project, 1977. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Clements article, 1980-1981. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. The King of Texas : [teleplay] / by Stephen Harrigan ; based on King Lear by William Shakespeare. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Biography -- Harrigan, Stephen. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Sleepyhead : typescript, undated / by Stephen Harrigan. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Texas Monthly, Inc. Texas Monthly Magazine Archives, 1972-[ongoing]. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Miscellanea, 1958-1984. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Wright, Lawrence. Moonwalker : typescript, [between 1970 and 1987] / by Lawrence Wright and Stephen Harrigan. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Harrigan, Stephen, 1948-. Ned Blessing, the story of my life. Episode #0105, Oscar teleplay / by Stephen Harrigan & Bill Wittliff. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
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