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Washington University in St. Louis (R. Williams), dates not examined
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of personal and working papers of Reinaldo Arenas. Included is a corrected typescript of his unpublished first novel "Que dura es la vida" (1959). Also included are typescript drafts and some galley and page proofs with holograph corrections of the novels and novellas Arturo, la estrella más brillante, El asalto, El color del verano o nuevo jardín de las delicias, La loma del angel, Lazarillo [de Tormes] (adaptation), Otra vez el mar, El palacio de las blanquísimas mofetas, Viaje a La Habana (Novela en tres viajes); drafts of the short stories collected under Termina el desfile and of the unpublished collection Adios a mamá; drafts for the play Persecución; drafts of the poetry collections El Central, Voluntad de vivir manifestándose, and Leprosorio, and notes and drafts of essays and articles, most of which were published in Necesidad de libertad. (The original draft for Arenas's autobiography, published as Antes que anochezca, is closed to the public until further notice.) Included also is a copy of Arenas's will, dated 6 March 1990, and material about the author, such as interviews, essays and newspaper clippings, as well as a cassette of two songs, the lyrics of which Arenas wrote while hospitalized.
Arenas's correspondence with literary figures, publishers, and academic institutions, covering mainly the period 1980 to 1990, includes letters by Nestor Almendros, Lydia Cabrera, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, the painter Jorge Camacho, Rita Geada, Juan Goytisolo, Enrique Labrador Ruiz, Helen Lane, Octavio Paz, Margaret Sayers Peden, Manuel Puig, Angel Rama, Emir Rodríguez Monegal, and Severo Sarduy.
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No appraisal information is available.
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- Access Restrictions:
This collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Unpublished manuscripts may not be photocopied, with the exception of the following: "Castro entre el plebiscito y la pared"; "La dignidad de Guillermo Hernández"; "Los eternos prisioneros de Castro"; "La Feria del Libro de Madrid"; "Guillén el Malo"; "Hacia una caricatura del barroco"; "Hágase también usted un hombre nuevo"; "La hora de la verdad"; "Literatura cubana dentro y fuera de Cuba"; "Literatura y libertad"; "El NY Times tiene cien años de retraso"; "No al diálogo"; "No hay paz para el Nobel"; "La noche oscura del alma"; "Oración"; "La otra historia de Mayta"; "Los paraísos inhabitables"; "La Perestroika"; "Al resplandor del infierno"; "¿Rusia hacia el capitalismo?"; "Vargas Llosa, Presidente." Copies of correspondence and color photographs of Rene Cifuentes are not permitted. Otherwise, single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. Publication also requires permission of the literary executors. See the department's "Restrictions Notebook." The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
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Washington University in St. Louis (R. Williams); Reinaldo Arenas Papers, C0232, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
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- Firestone Library (mss): Box 26