Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1B: Aeschylus: The Oresteia, 1962-2005 (mostly 1963-1980)

4 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of notes, several different early and revised drafts, page proofs, and galleys for Fagles's translation of Aeschylus's Oresteia, a trilogy of tragic plays that includes Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides. Beginning in 1963, Fagles worked on the Oresteia for over 10 years before it was published by Viking Penguin in 1975. Drafts exist in manuscript and typescript form, usually with extensive revisions and comments by Fagles and his collaborator W. B. Stanford, who wrote the introduction and notes for Fagles's translation, alongside voluminous preparatory notes and glossaries, in which Fagles sketched out his choices regarding vocabulary, symbols and motifs, the role of the chorus, and modern philosophy. Also present are related correspondence regarding book production, publication, and sales, reprints in later editions, theatrical performances based on Fagles's translations, award nominations, and class visits Fagles made to discuss and read from the plays.


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 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.

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 1B: Aeschylus: The Oresteia; Robert Fagles Papers, C1499, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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