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Girri, Alberto
Selected Papers of Alberto Girri
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2
English Spanish; Castilian


The Selected Papers of Alberto Girri consists of English translations of selected poems, poetry manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and a collection of interviews of the Argentine poet Alberto Girri (1919-1991).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of manuscripts of Girri's published poetry collections from the years 1967 to 1985. There is also a small selection of English translations of Girri's poems, some correspondence with Latin American writers, and other miscellanea.

Collection Creator Biography:

Girri, Alberto

Alberto Girri was born on 27 November 1919 in the Argentine capital, the son of Juan and Delfina (Scelza) Girri. Later, he studied in the department of philosophy and letters at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He published his first book, Playa sola, in 1946, and went on to author over 30 poetry volumes and several of prose. Girri was a member of the "generación de los cuarenta" (40s generation), and his use of surrealism and hermeticism have earned him much renown. During the nearly fifty years of his literary career he received many international poetry prizes, as well as two Guggenheim Foundation fellowships in 1964 and 1977. Girri also collaborated in the literary supplement of La Nación and Sur, and translated into Spanish writings by Blake, Eliot, Spender, Hopkins, and Wallace Stevens. He died in Buenos Aires in 1991.

Collection History


Purchased from the author and the Hispanic Manuscripts Fund in 1984-1986.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2003. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2003.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Selected Papers of Alberto Girri; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Some of the manuscripts found in draft form in the collection came to print in the following publications authored by Alberto Girri: Casa de la mente (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1968), Valores diarios (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1970), En la letra, ambigua selva (Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1972), Diario de un libro (Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1972), Quien habla no está muerto (Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1975), Árbol de la estripa humana (Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1978), Lo propio, lo de todos (Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1980), Monodias (Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1985), Existenciales (Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1986), and Cuestions y razones, prologue by Jorge Cruz (Buenos Aires: Editorial Fraterna, 1987).

Subject Terms:
Argentine poetry -- 20th century -- Translations into English.
Argentine poetry -- 20th century.
Poets, Argentine -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Poets, Argentine -- 20th century -- Interviews.
Poets, Argentine -- 20th century -- Manuscripts.
Surrealism (Literature) -- Argentina -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Drafts (preliminary versions)