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Yurkiévich, Saúl.
Saúl Yurkievich Papers
Manuscripts Division
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Saúl Yurkievich is an Argentine poet and literary critic. The collection consists of his personal and literary papers. It includes some of Yurkievich's poetic and prose-poetic manuscripts, correspondence with writers, scholars, critics and publishers and extensive subject files.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the personal and literary papers of Saúl Yurkievich. It includes manuscripts of Yurkievich's poetry and prose works and collections such as Acaso acoso (1982), El huésped perplejo (2001), A imagen y semejanza (1993), Retener sin detener (1972), Rimbomba (1978), El sentimiento del sentido (2000), Sueño del ojo y del espejo (2002), Trampantojos (1987), El Trasver (1988).

Also included is correspondence with writers, scholars, critics, publishers, and several figures of the academic world in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. Major correspondents include Claribel Alegría, Homero Aridjis, Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Claudio Guillén, Tomás Eloy Martínez, Augusto Monterroso, Octavio Paz, Alejandra Pizarnik, Cristina Peri Rossi, Emir Rodríguez-Monegal, Severo Sarduy, and Tomás Segovia.

Collection Creator Biography:

Yurkiévich, Saúl.

(La Plata, 1931 – Caumont-sur-Durance, France, 2005). Saúl Yurkievich is an Argentine poet and literary critic. He was born in 1931 in La Plata, where he was educated and began his academic career. In the 1950s he joined the avant-garde movement in Buenos Aires. Yurkievich career started as a scholar and critic of Latin American literature. His first published work, Valoración de Vallejo (1958), made him one of the most rigorous scholars of Vallejo's poetry, and of Latin American literature in general. Three years later, Yurkievich published his first poetry collection Volanda Linde Lumbre (1961).

His early interest and study of French language led him to Paris in 1962 to complete preparatory studies for a doctoral thesis, which was later published as Modernidad de Apollinaire. Most of Yurkievich's work was written in France, where he lived since 1968 working as professor of Latin American literature at the Université de Paris VIII (Vincennes). In Paris he maintained strong friendship and literary ties with writers such as Julio Cortázar, who later named him his literary executor.

Yurkievich taught courses and seminars on Latin American literature in several American universities including Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Maryland, and Pittsburgh. He edited and compiled several books by Julio Cortázar. His critical work was published in several European and Latin American publications. He was also a member of the French publication Collectif Change.

Author of a remarkable poetic production rooted in the experimentalism of the 1960s, Yurkievich is mostly renowned for his vast, lucid, and elucidating critical oeuvre, which turned him in one of the best known literary critics in the Spanish-speaking world.

Collection History


Purchased in December 2008 from Gladis Yurkievich, with an additional acquisition of materials in September 2011 (AM2009-51, 2012-30).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carolina Gamboa-Hoyos in December 2008. Finding aid written by Carolina Gamboa-Hoyos in December 2008 and updated by Jill Baron in October 2011.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Saúl Yurkievich Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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