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Bianco, José.
José Bianco Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1928-1985 (mostly 1941-1979)
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1
French Spanish; Castilian


The José Bianco Papers consists of notes and correspondence of the Argentine editor, author, and translator José Bianco, as well as a small selection of writings by others and audio recordings of Cuban poets José Lezama Lima and Nicolás Guillén reading their poetry.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of correspondence received by Bianco by a wide selection of Latin American writers. The major correspondents are Mexicans Elena Garro and Octavio Paz, and Argentines Silvina Ocampo and Victoria Ocampo. Other correspondents include Julio Cortázar, Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda, César Fernández Moreno, Juan García Ponce, Jorge Guillén, Eduardo Mallea, Ezequiel Martínez Estrada, Adrienne Monnier, Daniel Moyano, Maurice Saillet, Alejandro Rossi, Ernesto Sábato, Eduardo Schiaffino, Virgilio Piñera, and Gabriel Zaid. Also included are a small selection of manuscript pages by Bianco in the form of a diary, four poetry manuscripts by César Fernández Moreno, one prose manuscript by Elena Garro, and one prose manuscript by an unknown author, and audio recordings of José Lezama Lima and Nicolás Guillén reading their poetry.

Collection Creator Biography:

Bianco, José.

José "Pepe" Bianco was born on 21 November 1908 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He left the university just shy of obtaining a law degree, and later joined the prestigious literary journal Sur as a contributor in 1938. Bianco rose through the ranks from secretary to editor, and it was during his years at Sur that the publication earned its greatest international renown. However, in 1961, a public disagreement with Victoria Ocampo, the head of Sur, over a trip he took to Cuba led to Bianco's resignation. Bianco quickly began work at Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires (EUDEBA), but again was forced to resign only six years later when the dictator Juan Carlos Onganía took over the government of Argentina.

In addition to his editorial work, Bianco also wrote four principal works, La pequeña Gyaros (short stories, 1932), Sombras suele vestir (novel, 1941), Las ratas (novel, 1943), and La pérdida del reino (novel, 1972). A collection of his essays previously written for Sur and other publications were published as Ficción y realidad (1977). Bianco was also well regarded as a translator of the writings of foreign authors to Spanish, including Samuel Beckett, Julien Benda, Ambrose Bierce, T. S. Eliot, Jean Genet, Henry James, Jean Paul Sartre, Tom Stoppard, and Paul Valéry. He was a long-time friend of fellow countryman Jorge Luis Borges, as well as publisher, through Sur, of Borges' El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan and Ficciones.

Bianco died in Buenos Aires on 24 April 1986 as a result of a lung ailment.

Collection History


Purchased from Juan José Hernández, heir of Bianco, in 1991 and 1995 (AM 1991-53; AM 1991-53A; AM 1995-76).


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research 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:

José Bianco Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1