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Benítez Rojo, Antonio, 1931-2005
Antonio Benítez Rojo Papers
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
1980-2005 (mostly 1980-1993)
4 boxes and 1.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4
Spanish; Castilian English


This collection consists of correspondence of Antonio Benítez Rojo, a Cuban writer and professor of Spanish at Amherst College from 1983 to 2005.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection consists mostly of correspondence between Antonio Benítez Rojo and his colleagues at Amherst and other institutions, fellow writers, editors and publishers, and friends. Also included are ephemera, such as pamphlets and agendas from conferences, clippings, and publishing contracts.

Collection Creator Biography:

Benítez Rojo, Antonio, 1931-2005

Antonio Benítez Rojo was born in Havana, Cuba, on March 14, 1931. He earned degrees in accounting, finance, and economics at the Universidad de la Habana and American University in 1958, and subsequently worked for Cuba's Ministry of Labor. In 1965, he went to work at the Ministry of Culture and won the Casa de las Américas award in 1967 for his short story collection Tute de reyes. Two years later followed the literary prize of the Unión de Escritores y Artistas Cubanos for El escudo de hojas secas. In 1975, Benítez Rojo became the director of the publishing department of Casa de las Américas. His last book published in Cuba was El mar de las lentejas.

In 1980, Benítez Rojo was given permission to attend a conference at the Sorbonne in Paris. While there, he defected, eventually traveling to the United States. He lectured and taught at a number of institutions before settling at Amherst College in 1983, where he became the Thomas B. Walton Memorial Professor of Romance Languages. His major works published in the United States include The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective (1996), A View From the Mangrove (1998), and Mujer en traje de batalla (2001). Benítez Rojo died on January 9, 2005.

Collection History


Gift of Hilda Otaño Benítez in 2006 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Danielle Ford in January 2007. Finding aid written by Danielle Ford on February 1, 2007.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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:

Antonio Benítez Rojo Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4

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The following work was consulted during preparation of the biographical note: Figueredo, D. H., ed. Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Subject Terms:
Authors, Cuban -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Genre Terms:
Amherst college
Benítez Rojo, Antonio, 1931-2005