Contents and Arrangement

Quasimodo, Salvatore, circa 1960

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of the personal papers of Friar. Included are manuscripts of Friar's English translations of The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis; poetry by Odysseus Elytēs, Giannēs Ritsos, and other modern Greek poets; and articles, reviews, poetry, dramatic productions, and lectures by Friar. There is extensive correspondence with George Seferis, Nikos Kazantzakis, and many other Greek and American writers. Also present are photographs, manuscripts of other writers and poets, and sound recordings of poetry readings.

In addition to the vast amount of correspondence with leading figures in the literary world, Kimon Friar was in contact with many non-literary cultural movements in the 1940s and 1950s in New York, including modern dance as represented by Martha Graham and Erick Hawkins (see Mary-Averett Seelye and Erick Hawkins); experimental film as represented by Maya Deren; American Surrealism as represented by Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler, among others (see Charles Henri Ford and View magazine); and Freudian psychoanalysis as represented by Dr. Theodore Reik (ee Theodore Reik and Hanns Sachs). Correspondence is grouped by personal name, not by movement.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

All printed books received with the archive were removed for separate cataloging.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

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. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Quasimodo, Salvatore; Kimon Friar Papers, C0713, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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