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Seferis, George, 1900-1971.
Selected Papers of George Seferis
Manuscripts Division
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1935-1993 (mostly 1940-1970)
2 boxes and 4 items
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


George Seferis was a Greek diplomat, ambassador, poet and translator. He held various posts with the Royal Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was ambassador to the United Nations, 1956-1957, and to Great Britain, 1957-1962. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1963, and was awarded an honorary degree from Princeton University in 1965.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of selected papers of Seferis. Included are three manuscripts by Seferis--"Diary Kept at Princeton, 1968," his "Declaration of March 28, 1969," against the Greek junta, and "Letter to Rex Warner" (published 1972)--and correspondence and collected papers of Lawrence Durrell, T. S. Eliot, and Henry Miller. Present are 42 letters (1939-1978) by Henry Miller to George and Maro Seferis, Miller's original 1939 manuscript journal, First Impressions of Greece (Santa Barbara : Capra Press, 1973), a typescript of "When Do Angels Cease to Resemble Themselves? A Study of Rimbaud" (Norfolk, Conn.: New Directions, 1946), two extracts from The Colossus of Maroussi (San Francisco: Colt Press, 1941), and correspondence and printed matter related to Henry Miller.

There are 17 letters (1935-1963) by T. S. Eliot to Seferis, with some related correspondence and printed matter, and several letters, three poetry translations (in English), and a phonograph recording by Lawrence Durrell. There is a miscellaneous correspondence with Sophia Antzaka, Cevat Capan, Kyriakos Chrysostomidis, Edmund Keeley, Maro Seferis, and others, as well as correspondence with Princeton University (1965) and about trips to the United States in 1968. Also present are manuscripts by Odysseas Elytes, Nikos Gkatsos, "Amorgos," and Angelos Sikelianos, "Akritika, 1941-1942."

Collection Creator Biography:

Seferis, George, 1900-1971.

George Seferis was a Greek poet and the 1963 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Collection History


Purchased and partially gifted from the author. Papers of Henry Miller purchased from Daphne Krinos. 3 manuscripts, Seferis correspondence, and Nikos Gkatsos manuscript, as well as Lawrence Durrell are a gift of Anna Krinou-Londou.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2005. Finding aid written in 2005.

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:

Selected Papers of George Seferis; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2