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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Barry Gifford (born October 18, 1946) is an American author, poet, and screenwriter known for his distinctive mix of American landscapes and film noir- and Beat Generation-influenced literary madness.

He is described by Patrick Beach as being "like if John Updike had an evil twin that grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and wrote funny..." He is best known for his series of novels about Sailor and Lula, two sex-driven, star-crossed protagonists on the road. The first of the series, Wild at Heart, was adapted by director David Lynch for the 1990 film of the same title. Gifford went on to write the screenplay for Lost Highway with Lynch. Much of Gifford's work is nonfiction.


Selected works

The Sailor & Lula Series

  • Wild at Heart (1990)
  • Perdita Durango
  • Sailor's Holiday (1991)
  • Sultan's of Africa
  • Consuelo's Kiss
  • Bad Day for the Leopard Man

Other works

  • Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac (with Lawrence Lee)
  • Saroyan: A Biography
  • Out of the Past: Adventures in Film Noir
  • The Sinaloa Story (1998)
  • American Falls: The Collected Short Stories
  • Do the Blind Dream?
  • The Phantom Father
  • Replies to Wang Wei
  • Wyoming
  • The Stars Above Veracruz
  • Read 'em and Weep
  • Back in America
  • Bordertown
  • Flaubert at Key West
  • Ghosts No Horse Can Carry
  • Hotel Room Trilogy
  • Landscape with Traveler
  • My Last Martini
  • Night People
  • Port Tropique (1980)
  • The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room: A Barry Gifford Reader
  • The Neighborhood of Baseball: A Personal History of the Chicago Cubs
  • Rosa Blanca

Film and television

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