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Valdivieso, Mercedes
Mercedes Valdivieso Literary Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1
Spanish; Castilian English


Contains Valdivieso's correspondence with Latin American writers and critics such as Fernando Alegría, Octavio Paz, and Manuel Rojas, as well as drafts of scholarly essays and talks.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Valdivieso's correspondence with Latin American writers and literary critics such as Fernando Alegría, Margo Glantz, Octavio Paz, Gonzalo Rojas, Manuel Rojas, and Jaime Valdivieso. Drafts of short essays and talks, including an interview with Octavio Paz, also appear in the collection.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Valdivieso, Mercedes

Mercedes Valdivieso was born on March 1, 1924, in Santiago, Chile. Her literary career began in 1961 with the publication of La brecha, a foundational feminist Latin American novel. She wrote several novels and founded two journals: Adán, a Chilean men's magazine and Breakthrough, a feminist periodical. Valdivieso taught at Rice University for 20 years, retiring in 1989, and returned to Chile in 1991. Her fiction and scholarship offered new ways forward for Latin American feminism.

Collection History


Purchased from Pablo Hozven Valenzuela in August 2010 (AM2011-20).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alyssa Meyers in 2010. Finding aid written by Alyssa Meyers in 2010.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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Credit this material:

Mercedes Valdivieso Literary Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1