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Martínez Sotomayor, José, 1895-1980
José Martínez Sotomayor Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1929-1960 (mostly 1930-1932)
3 boxes
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3
Spanish; Castilian


José Martínez Sotomayor was a Mexican lawyer, judge, and writer who published novels, short stories, and nonfiction. His personal papers includes correspondence and autograph and typescript manuscripts of three of Martínez Sotomayor's books.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of personal papers of Biography of José Martínez Sotomayor. Martínez Sotomayor's correspondence includes letters from other members of the "Contemporáneos" group, such as José Gorostiza, Jaime Torres Bodet, and Xavier Villaurrutia. Also included are letters from Mexican novelists and essayists Agustín Yañez, Efraín González Luna, and Alfonso Gutiérrez Hermosillo.

The papers contain autograph and typescript manuscripts of three of Martínez Sotomayor's books: La Rueca de Air (novel), Lentitud (short stories), and Locura (short stories). The manuscripts for La Rueca de Aire (The Twisting of the Wind) include a copy of the printed book, published in 1930. There are subseries of correspondence related to each of these three books, and a separate series of general correspondence and documents, covering the period 1930-1932, primarily.

Collection Creator Biography:

Martínez Sotomayor, José, 1895-1980

José Martínez Sotomayor was a Mexican lawyer, judge, and writer who published novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, he was affiliated with the literary magazines Bandera de Provincias, published in Guadalajara in 1929-1930, and Contemporáneos, published in Mexico City from 1929 to 1931. The founders and editors of the latter magazine were referred to as "Los Contemporáneos." This literary group was interested in exploring new forms of expression in prose, poetry, and the visual arts and in introducing North American and European writers to a Mexican audience.

Collection History


Purchased from Gabriel Rosenzweig Pichards in 1997.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

Access & Use

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Credit this material:

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

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