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Arrufat, Antón, 1935-
Antón Arrufat Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1953-1991 (mostly 1960-1972)
1 box and 0.45 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


The Antón Arrufat Papers consists of manuscripts of poems, short stories, novels, and criticism by Antón Arrufat, Virgilio Piñera, and Witold Gombrowicz; and correspondence of Antón Arrufat.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Antón Arrufat Papers consists of writings by Antón Arrufat and others, and correspondence of Antón Arrufat. The collection includes poems by Arrufat, a notebook for the novel La caja está cerrada, poems and short stories by Virgilio Piñera, and a partial manuscript and correspondence related to a Spanish translation of Witold Gombrowicz's novel, Ferdydurke. Gombrowicz is a Polish writer who lived in Argentina for 25 years. The strength of the collection are the original writings of Arrufat, and his correspondence with Argentinian writers Julio Cortázar and José Bianco, Cuban writers Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Virgilio Piñera, Calvert Casey, and José Triana, and Mexican writers Juan Vicente Melo, Juan José Arreola, and José Emilio Pacheco.

Collection Creator Biography:

Arrufat, Antón, 1935-

Antón Arrufat (b. 1935) is a Cuban dramatist, short story writer, novelist and poet. He has lived in worked in the U.S. and Europe; he currently resides in Cuba. He is well-known for his play, Siete contra Tebas (1968), a play which is based on the drama of the same name by the Greek dramatist Aeschylus. When Siete contra Tebas was first performed in Cuba, it caused a stir among Cubans because of its critical character of the Cuban Marxist-Leninist regime. His other theatrical works include Todos los domingos (1965), Teatro (1963), a collection of plays, and La tierra permanente (1987). Arrufat's published books of poetry include Repaso final (1963), Escrito en las puertas (1967) and La huella en la arena (1986). His fiction writing includes La caja está cerrada (novel, 1984), and Que haras después de mí? (short stories, 1988). He is the co-editor with Fausto Masó of a collection of short stories, Nuevos cuentistas cubanos (1961). Las pequenas cosas (1988) is a collection of nonfiction essays.

Collection History


The University purchased the collection from the author in 1993 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Claire A. Johnston in 1995. Finding aid written by Claire A. Johnston in 1995.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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:

Antón Arrufat Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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