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The Banana Book, 1972
Collection Description & Creator Information
Consists of records of the Siamese Banana Press assembled by its publisher, Johnny Stanton, which document the role of the press in the history of poetry, underground comics, and mimeograph publishing in New York City in the 1970s, as well as Joe Brainard's work as a book artist.
The most significant grouping of materials consists of original manuscripts of five early works by Brainard (Some Drawings of Some Notes to Myself, The Banana Book, The Friendly Way, The Cigarette Book, and Self-Portrait with Anne Waldman), along with related correspondence from Bill Berkson and others, production duplicates, and ephemera. These works combine elements of poetry, prose, collage, comics, and gay erotica. Also present are original manuscripts for issues of Siamese Banana: The Rhinelander, a comedic art newspaper that Stanton started while working at a New York City youth center.
There is also a manuscript of Stanton's own work, The Day Our Turtle Was Kidnapped… and cover illustrations for his work Slip of the Tongue. Other manuscript and printed materials exist for works by David Anderson, Paul Auster, Rebecca Brown, Keith Cohen, Hilton Obenzinger, George Schneeman, Tom Veitch, and Don Weingarten. Additional contents include general publishing correspondence, promotional materials related to publications, and fliers for events at St. Mark's Church.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No materials were separated from the collection during 2023 processing.
Processing of this collection was sponsored by the Delafield fund.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
This collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
The Banana Book; Johnny Stanton Collection of Siamese Banana Press Records, C1727, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box B-002026
- Brainard, Joe, 1942-1994