[Eureka Springs]: [c. 1974]. 1 page Autograph Letter Signed by Frank Stanford in blue ink. Measuring 8.5 x 11" and dated July 21. Fine condition. Addressed to his publisher, editor, and confidante Irv Broughton. A quintessentially stream-of-consciousness message from Stanford, revealing that his voice in life reflected the lyricism and Southern gothic of his poetry.
Corresponding with Broughton from his home in Eureka Springs, Stanford composes a letter that reveals the pair's close working and personal relationships as well as the ties between Stanford's creative and personal writing. In full:
You must come and visit. I'm sure you will have a wonderful stay. I'll take you on the river at night in a canoe; drinking with hillbillies and negroes; fishing, and so on. I love it here -- even with the tourists. There is a hillbilly-turkey hunter- bow + arrow fat man who owns a commercial press. He will do good work, dirt cheap. Can bind with string or glue for 10¢ a copy. You must come see me, Ginny's drawings.
This was a particularly productive time in Stanford and Broughton's collaboration, despite the author needing to support himself through work as a land surveyor. Even in this letter, Stanford expresses a love for this area of the country, and deep ties with the land and its earthy inhabitants. Within the next two years, Irv Broughton would publish some of Stanford's most memorable chapbooks: Ladies from Hell, Field Talk, Shade, and Arkansas Bench Stone. Together Broughton and Stanford also began a documentary about Stanford's life and work. This film, It Wasn't a Dream it was a Flood, won the Judge's Awards at the Northwest Film and Video Festival. Fine (Item #2998)