Research files, including interview
audio recordings and transcripts; notes; correspondence; clippings; photographs;
photocopies; and other materials accumulated by Diane Middlebrook in preparation for writing
Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton. Also includes
draft versions, page proofs, and a signed first edition of the book; correspondence with
publisher Houghton-Mifflin; clippings of reviews and other publicity for the book; and
correspondence received by Middlebrook in response to the book.
Diane Wood Middlebrook (1939-2007), biographer and longtime professor of English at
Stanford University, was educated at the University of Washington (A.B., 1961) and Yale
University (M.A, 1962; Ph.D., 1968). She joined the Department of English at Stanford in
1966 and remained there until 2002, when she left to focus on her writing full-time.
Although she also published literary criticism and poetry, Middlebrook is best known for her
biographies: Anne Sexton, A Biography (1991), Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton
(1998), and Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, a Marriage (2003).
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the
documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the
Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.
Audio recordings in box 16 are closed pending reformatting. Research files in box 17 are
restricted until 2059. Other materials are open for research; materials must be requested at
least 24 hours in advance of intended use.