Contents and Arrangement

Three Trapped Tigers (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, .), 1971

3 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Translation from the Cuban by Donald Gardner and Suzanne Jill Levine, in collaboration with the author.

This collection includes preliminary versions of the English translation of Tres tristes tigres. There is a final draft and a series of earlier versions. The collection has the carbon copy of the final draft that runs from page 1 to 467. The collection also has some pages that appear to be from a version immediately prior to the final draft as they have the same page numeration and the same text in each page as in the final draft. Since there are very few of these pages they have been included with the final draft and are placed individually behind the corresponding pages.

For the earlier versions it is less clear how many versions there are. The versions are labeled A, B, C, and D. Version A is the most recent one and it includes the entire book. This version runs from page 1 to 550 and the collection has the carbon copies of most pages. The original version is placed ahead, unless the carbon copy has more recent corrections. There are also versions AAA and AA that have the same numeration as version A, but are more recent. Unless a section of versions AAA and AA can stand by itself, as in the section "The Tale of a Walking Stick," the pages from those two versions are placed in front of the corresponding pages from version A. All these preliminary versions are organized with the most recent version in front. Within version A this is done by page, except where noted above. When sections can stand by themselves they are placed in their entirety ahead of or after the corresponding section. This system follows for version B, C, and D. Section D includes almost the entire book and it is always the last version except for one part where there is an earlier version E.

In all versions each part of the book with a distinctive heading is separated. In the inventory the sections are listed by the first words of the page where the title of subdivision is not at the top of the page.


Arranged chronologically.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Claire A. Johnston and Karla J. Vecchia in 2002. Finding aid written by Claire A. Johnston and Karla J. Vecchia in 2002. Finding aid updated by Jill Baron in 2012.

Restrictions of correspondence placed until December 2020 were removed by Armando Suárez.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

While most of the collection is open for research, some correspondence in Subseries 2B: Letters, 1965-1982, is closed until the correspondent's death.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

Three Trapped Tigers (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, .); Guillermo Cabrera Infante Papers, C0272, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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