[N.P.]: [c. 1974]. 25 pages of annotated typescripts for Ladies From Hell, Frank Stanford's influential poetry chapbook that solidified his reputation as a literary innovator. Containing 19 of the 20 poems included in the final volume. 20 pages bear handwritten annotations showing the process of revision taking place between Stanford and his publisher Irv Broughton. All pages typed with the exception of Women Singing When Their Husbands are Gone, which is a photocopy. While Dante Gabriel Rossetti with His Head on the Virginal is the only poem lacking, present in the collection are two annotated copies each of Suspect, Paramour, Death in the Cool Evening, and Blue Yodel of the Wayfaring Stranger.
"Stanford was one of the most recognized and prolific emerging poets of his generation until his suicide at the age of twenty-nine. Though all but two of his books remain out of print, his poems, which pitch startling and often surreal imagery against stark Southern landscapes, have sustained Stanford's reputation and influence" (Encyclopedia of Arkansas History). Ladies From Hell was the 1974 followup of his breakout work The Singing Knives (1971), and it helped establish Stanford's reputation as a prolific and serious player in the American literary scene. The annotations throughout this significant typescript reveal Stanford's own efforts at self-editing, as well as his collaboration with Irv Broughton, whose Mill Mountain Press brought Stanford's work to the public. At the foot of some pages, Stanford notes in pencil the date ranges on which he had been developing particular works; others are marked extensively with red and blue ink, with instructions for italicizing, capitalizing, or spacing poems; some poems have lines extracted, added, or replaced. An exceptional and rare example of Stanford's early development. (Item #3009)