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Eric Walker papers.
BANC MSS 2014/203 box 1; BANC MSS 2014/203 box 2; BANC MSS 2014/203 box 3; BANC MSS 2014/203 box 4; ...
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Eric Walker papers


Walker, Eric, 1964-1994, creator, creator.


Vinograd, Deborah, artist.


Contains typescript and manuscript poems, published poems, unpublished collections of poetry, notebooks, color pen drawings, and publications containing Eric Walker's poems. Unpublished collections include: Schizophrenia, Hearts and Freeways, Poems from the Subterranean Heart, The Heart's Assembly, among others. Includes some unpublished prose pieces including "Hell's Children." Also contains a photocopy of an article from Spectacle magazine (Vol. 1 No. 2, Spring 1998) titled, "The Fall of Euphorion: The wrongful death of Eric Walker," that explores the relationship between mental illness and creativity. Includes one folder of 21 color snapshots from Eric Walker's childhood and teen years, and 1 color snapshot of his brother and father. Also includes one pen-and-ink sketch on a napkin of a jester-like figure by Deborah Vinograd and one mixed media drawing, possibly of Eric Walker, by an unidentified artist in 1991.


1980 (issued)


Walker, Eric -- 1964-1994 -- Diaries
Walker, Eric -- 1964-1994 -- Archives
Walker, Eric -- 1964-1994 -- Photographs
Poets, American -- California
Schizophrenia -- Poetry
Mental illness -- Poetry
Schizophrenics -- California


Eric Walker papers, BANC MSS 2014/203, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift of Diane Walker Murray; 2014-2018.
Selected publications transferred to the Print Collections of the Bancroft Library.
Eric Bailey Walker (born September 8, 1964, California ; died March 13, 1994 in Humboldt, California) was an award-winning poet inspired by the works of Rimbaud and mentored initially by Brother Antoninus (William Everson). He suffered from schizophrenia for at least a decade of his life and was often in and out of mental institutions.. He died by suicide while being held in Humboldt County Jail on charges of stalking.
In English.


Manuscripts for publication.
Poems-California-20th century.
Pastels (visual works)
Drawings (visual works)

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2.0 (5 22 color snapshots




BANC MSS 2014/203 box 1
BANC MSS 2014/203 box 2
BANC MSS 2014/203 box 3
BANC MSS 2014/203 box 4
BANC MSS 2014/203 box 5
BANC MSS 2014/203