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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections and Koch, Dolores
Dolores Koch Collection of Reinaldo Arenas
Manuscripts Division
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1974-2005 (mostly 1982-1993)
2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2
Spanish; Castilian English


Dolores Koch is a noted translator and reviewer of Latin American literature. The materials in this collection were accumulated during her work with Reinaldo Arenas, a Cuban writer living in New York City. Koch translated two of Arenas's books and worked as part of a team handling publication and rights for his work after his death in 1990.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of working papers of Reinaldo Arenas collected by Dolores Koch, his friend and preferred translator. Much of the material concerns the publication of Arenas's work and its translation into English. Explanatory notes by Koch accompany some items.

Collection Creator Biography:

Born in Havana, Cuba, Dolores Koch emigrated to the United States with her family in 1961. In 1986, she received her doctorate in Latin American literature from the City University of New York. Koch has published English translations of Arenas's Antes que anochezca and El portero as well as works by other Latin American authors. Her other notable work includes an English translation of the memoir of Oskar Schindler's widow, Where Light and Shadow Meet.

Collection History


Gift of Dolores Koch in February 2005 .

Archival Appraisal Information:

Nothing was removed from the collection.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Danielle Ford in February 2005. Finding aid written by Danielle Ford in February 2005.

Audiovisual materials from this collection were digitized in 2017.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Manuscripts may not be copied in any manner (Xerox, microfilm, etc.) 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:

Dolores Koch Collection of Reinaldo Arenas; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184

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Alternative Form Available:

Materials appearing in this collection have been published under the following titles: Antes que anochezca (Barcelona: Tusquets Editores, 1992), Before Night Falls (New York: Viking Penguin, 1993), Farewell to the Sea, a Novel of Cuba (New York, N.Y.: Viking, 1986), La loma del angel (Barcelona: DADOR/Ediciones, 1987), Mona and Other Tales, (New York: Vintage, 2001), Otra vez el mar (Barcelona: Editorial Argos Vergara, 1982), El portero (Miami: Ediciones Universal, 1990).

Related Material:

Reinaldo Arenas Papers (C0232), Liliane Hasson Collection of Reinaldo Arenas (C0807).

Publication Note:

"Dolores Koch: Perfil profesional" at El Cuento en Red consulted during preparation of biographical note.

Subject Terms:
Authors, Cuban--20th century--Correspondence.
Cuban fiction--20th century.
Cuban literature--20th century.
Gay men's writings, Cuban--20th century.
Latin American fiction--20th century.
Translators--United States--20th century--Correspondence.
Genre Terms:
Audiocassettes -- 20th century.
Arenas, Reinaldo, 1943-1990