Contents and Arrangement

"César", undated

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of a group of essays, poems, and translations by Cuban writer Severo Sarduy (1937-1993), along with interviews and writings about Sarduy and correspondence to Sarduy and his partner, the French editor François Wahl (1925-2014). Sarduy was a was a major Cuban poet, author, playwright, painter, and critic of Cuban literature and art. Born in the Cuban city of Camagüey, Sarduy lived in Paris from 1960 until his death in 1993, where he connected with a group of prominent French intellectuals, including François Wahl and Roland Barthes through their collaboration on the journal Tel Quel. The materials in this collection were collected by François Wahl, Sarduy's long-time partner and collaborator.

The collection contains edited typescripts and copies of Sarduy's writings in Spanish and French, including essays, poems, interviews, and translations, along with notes, clippings, sound recordings, photographs, photographic slides, and other miscellaneous printed material. Also present are 374 postcards sent to Sarduy and Wahl in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as additional correspondence of Wahl, primarily regarding Sarduy and his legacy. Wahl's correspondence also comprises some press clippings, photographs, and correspondence regarding his own work. Correspondents include Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes, Tzvetan Todorov, Octavio Paz, Manuel Puig, Elie Wiesel, and others.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

Nothing was removed during 2015 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Audiovisual Materials (Reading Room Access Only): Digital access copies are accessible on a computer in RBSC's reading room. For preservation reasons, physical access to original tapes is restricted.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

"César"; François Wahl Collection on Severo Sarduy, C1470, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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