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Victor Bockris and Andrew Wylie:

A Preliminary Inventory of Their Collection in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Bockris, Victor (1949-) and Wylie, Andrew
Title: Victor Bockris and Andrew Wylie Collection
Dates: 1965-2003 (bulk 1972-1976)
Extent: 7 boxes, 1 galley folder, 1 oversize folder (2.94 linear feet)
Abstract: This collection represents the writing collaboration between Victor Bockris and Andrew Wylie during the 1970s.
Language: English
Access: Open for research

Acquisition: Purchase, 2005 (Reg. no. 15408)
Processed by: Hope Rider, 2007

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

This collection represents the writing collaboration between Victor Bockris and Andrew Wylie during the 1970s. It is divided into three series: I. Works and Related Materials, 1965-2003; II. Photographs, circa 1970s; III. Works by Others, 1971-2002.
Series I. comprises the bulk of the collection, and is divided into three subseries. Subseries A. Subject Files, contains typescripts and tearsheets for works written by Bockris and Wylie, and published under the name Bockris-Wylie. The contents are arranged alphabetically by the last names of the subjects. It includes drafts and typescripts for their book Ali: Fighter, Poet, Prophet, as well as many interviews published in a variety of periodicals, including The Coldspring Journal, The Drummer, and Oui. Some of the notable subjects are William S. Burroughs, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, François Truffaut, and Andy Warhol.
Subseries B. is arranged by title and contains works written individually by Bockris or Wylie, and with various collaborators, as well as interviews used for two books, How I Learned to Like Myself, and "The Life of Poetry." The latter two works contain interviews of multiple subjects.
Subseries C. Correspondence and Project Files is comprised of correspondence to Bockris and Wylie from Gerard Malanga, Aram Saroyan, and other various correspondents, as well as one folder of notes for various projects.
Series II. Photographs includes photographs of artists, musicians, and writers, some of whom were closely associated with Andy Warhol and the Factory, including Lou Reed and Holly Woodlawn. Other notable photographic subjects include Yoko Ono and John Lennon, Alice Cooper, and Patti Smith. The photographers are unknown for the bulk of the photographs.
Series III. contains works by others, some of which were edited by Bockris or Wylie, and published by Telegraph Books. Of interest are an inscribed copy of "Explosion of the Swan: Salvador Dali on Federico García-Lorca and Three Poems" by Gerard Malanga, and a typescript copy of "Judith" by Patti Smith.

The Ransom Center also has two boxes of manuscripts and correspondence relating to Telegraph Books acquired in 1974.

Books, film, and sound recordings received with the Bockris-Wylie collection have been transferred to the appropriate departments in the Ransom Center.