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Pitol, Sergio, 1933-2018.
Sergio Pitol Papers
Manuscripts Division
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23 boxes and 9.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-23
Spanish; Castilian


Consists of the personal and literary papers of Mexican writer, translator, and diplomat Sergio Pitol.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The papers consist of Sergio Pitol's diaries, journals, notebooks, handwritten, typescript, and print out manuscripts of literary works, correspondence, personal documents, and papers of others about Pitol. There are manuscripts of unpublished works such as "Conversaciones con Sergio Pitol" (unpublished); and published manuscripts El desfile del amor, Domar a la divina garza, El viaje, and La vida conyugal. Correspondence includes letters from friends, writers, artists, literary critics, agents, and publishers such as Rosario Castellanos, José Donoso, Carlos Fuentes, Witold Gombrowicz, María Luisa Mendoza (la China), Carlos Monsivaís, Augusto Monterroso, José Emilio Pacheco, Octavio Paz, Elena Poniatowska, Manuel Puig, Juan Soriano, and Juan Villoro among others.


The papers are arranged in the following way: Series 1: Diaries and Journals, Series 2: Notebooks, Series 3: Writings, Series 4: Correspondence, Series 5: Personal Documents, and Series 6: About Pitol.

Collection Creator Biography:

Pitol, Sergio, 1933-2018.

Sergio Pitol Deméneghi was born in Puebla, Mexico, on March 18, 1933. He studied law at the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. In 1960, he became a member of the Mexican Foreign Service and served over a number of years as cultural attaché in Paris, Warsaw, Budapest, Moscow. In the 1980s he served as Mexico's ambassador to Czechoslovakia. Pitol's trips also include periods of study and work in Rome, Beijing, and Barcelona. Since 1993 he has lived in Xalapa, capital of the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Pitol's publications as translator include literary works by such authors as Jerzy Andrzejewski, Jane Austen, Giorgio Bassani, Kazimierz Brandys, Anton Chekhov, Joseph Conrad, Witold Gombrowicz, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. He also served as a professor at the UNAM, at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, and at the University of Bristol, England.

In 2005, Pitol received the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world. Other major awards include the Premio Juan Rulfo (1999), Premio Herralde de Novela (1984), and the Premio Xavier Villaurrutia (1981). Pitol died on April 12, 2018.

Major published works:

Collection History


Purchase, 2008 (AM 2009-24).

Additions in December 2008 (AM 2009-52) and October 2015 (AM 2016-32).


Nothing was removed from the 2015 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was re-processed by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in November 2015. Finding aid written by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in November 2015.

This collection was originally processed by Carolina Gamboa-Hoyos in October 2008. Finding aid written by Carolina Gamboa-Hoyos in November 2008.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This 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:

Sergio Pitol 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 (mss): Box 1-23