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Rex Burns Papers

Identifier: WH2037

Scope and Contents

The collections contains an assortment of publisher's agreements, correspondence and invoices; copies of book reviews; manuscript fragments; film script; notes, background and research materials.


  • 1970-2001


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Rex Burns is the author of numerous books, articles, stories and book reviews. He received his B.A. from Stanford University, and after military service in the Marine Corps, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Best known for the "Gabe Wagner" and "Kirk Devlin" mystery series, Burns has also won an Edgar award for his mystery novel "Avenging Angel." He is a contributor to Scribner's Mystery and Suspense Writers and advisor and contributor to the Oxford Companion to Mystery. He is the host of the Starz-Encore Mystery Channel television series, Anatomy of A Mystery. For several years, Burns wrote a monthly mystery book review column for the Rocky Mountain News and his reviews have appeared in the Denver Post, the Miami Herald and the Washington Post. His essays have appeared in scholarly publications as well as periodicals as The Writer. He has also published articles on American literature and culture, and a study of nineteenth century values entitled Success in America: The Yeoman Dream and the Industrial Revolution.


1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Rex Burns, 2008.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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