Larry Eigner stories : eight manuscripts

Biographical and Historical Notes

Larry Eigner (1927- )

American poet Larry Eigner (Laurence Joel Eigner) was born August 7, 1927, in Lynn, Massachusetts. Although an injury at birth left Eigner palsied, the poet and writer spent his life describing the world around him, first from his glassed-in porch in a small town in Massachusetts and later from his home in Berkeley, California. Although most of his published work is poetry, he has also written a play, short stories, and prose.


"Larry Eigner." Contemporary Poets, 6th ed. (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed June 2008).

Biographical information also derived from the collection.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection comprises the typescript manuscripts of eight short stories by the American poet Larry Eigner.

Four of the eight stories were published in Eigner's book of selected prose, Country Harbor Quiet Act Around, and a fifth story, "Driving," was published in Things Stirring Together or Far Away. Three stories within the collection are apparently unpublished. Each typescript bears varying degrees of typeovers, notes, and holograph corrections. The undated manuscripts (circa 1968) include Eigner's typed address (23 Bates Road, Swampscott, Mass.) on the first page of each story.