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Writing, Revising, and Rewriting

" I tell you, being able to create your own work, being able to indulge your own fantasies is so much better than journalism, so much more fulfilling than journalism, to me, that as long as I can continue to write fiction, I shall. "

? Oral history interview with Tom Robbins, 1984 March 3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.


Tom Robbins' manuscript collection includes handwritten notebooks, typescripts, and galley proofs. His constant, meticulous reworking and perfecting of each sentence, each page is evidenced throughout these versions.  


Curiously branded, "Top Flight Earthbound" spiral notebook includes Robbins' preliminary thoughts and notes.

Below are a series of notebooks containing the handwritten version of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

The following images are samples from the various stages of Skinny Legs And All: a handwritten notebook; a corrected typescript with notes on page back; and a list of corrections and pages designated "TO REWRITE."