Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1E: Homer: The Iliad, 1977-2006

4 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Fagles began working on his translation of Homer's Iliad in 1982 and completed it in 1990. This subseries includes early and later typescript drafts with manuscript revisions by both Fagles and Bernard Knox, notes on spelling and pronunciation of the Greek, as well as preliminary versions of the book's notes, introduction, and glossary, and correspondence regarding early drafts of the epic. Following its publication, the book sold many copies and won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, an award from the Translation Center of Columbia University, and the New Jersey Humanities Book Award; files that Fagles kept on these awards are included alongside his working files. Also represented in this subseries are publishing correspondence, contracts, financial papers regarding sales and royalties, and files on book design, promotion, audiobook versions, and reprints, as are materials regarding theatrical performances and stage readings, radio broadcasts, publicity, reviews, lectures, and other public appearances Fagles made in conjunction with his work on the Iliad. Several books of the Iliad were published prior to the completion of the epic in the literary magazines Grand Street and TriQuarterly, which versions are also contained in these files.


Original order was maintained.

Collection History


Nothing was removed from the collection during 2015 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in April 2015, with assistance from Kristine Gift (GS) and Fiona Bell '18. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in April 2015.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Subseries 1E: Homer: The Iliad; Robert Fagles Papers, C1499, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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