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Rita Guibert Collection of Latin American Authors
Manuscripts Division
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1957-2000 (mostly 1968-1971)
8 boxes and 2.0 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-2; 4-7; 2-3
Spanish; Castilian English


Rita Guibert (1916-2007) was an Argentine American author, journalist, editor, and translator. Guibert is best known for Seven Voices Seven Latin American Writers Talk to Rita Guibert, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1973. The collection includes audiocassette tapes containing Guibert's in-depth interviews with Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortázar, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Manuel Puig, Carlos Fuentes, José Donoso, and others. Other materials include correspondence with authors, photographs, and drafts of articles Guibert wrote for magazines including LIFE en Español, Nuestro, The Paris Review, and Revista Iberoamerica.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection includes audiocassette recordings, correspondence, interview and article drafts, galleys, proofs, printed materials, and photographs. Most numerous are the audiocassette tapes containing Rita Guibert's in-depth interviews with Latin American authors, including Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortázar, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Manuel Puig, Jorge Amado, Emir Rodríguez Monegal, Carlos Fuentes, José Donoso, and others.

Collection Creator Biography:

Guibert, Rita.

Rita Guibert was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and earned a B.S. in chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires. She immigrated to the United States in 1957 and became a U.S. citizen in 1965. She married twice and had a daughter, Lidia Beatriz, by her first marriage to Raúl Guibert. Her second husband was Herbert Herzberg.

She is best known for her 1973 book Seven Voices, which contains interviews with seven major authors of the Latin American Boom era. Guibert traveled extensively for her in-person interviews. She interviewed Pablo Neruda in Isla Negra, Chile; Jorge Luis Borges in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Miguel Ángel Asturias in Paris; Octavio Paz in Churchill College, Cambridge; Julio Cortázar in Paris; Gabriel García Márquez in Barcelona and New York City; and Guillermo Cabrera Infante in London. She established a personal rapport with several of her subjects, most notably, Pablo Neruda. She accompanied Neruda to Stockholm when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. After a few days in Stockholm, she traveled with him and his wife to Warsaw to attend the Polish premiere of his play Splendor and Death of Joaquín Murieta.

She was a writer, reporter, and researcher at LIFE en Español; reporter and researcher at Time and Time Books, Inc.; managing editor at América Clínica and El Hospital; member of Board of Contributors at Nuestro; and a correspondent at Servipress International, Associated Press, and Latin American Desk. She originated and was an on-camera interviewer for the television series, Latin America - The Restless Colossus; and was a radio producer for Latin American World. She also translated children's books for Random House, Farrar Straus and Giroux, and others.

She lived in New York from 1957 until her death on December 5, 2007.

Collection History


Purchase, 2015 (AM 2015-79). Gift, 2015 (AM 2016-53).


Nothing was removed from the collection during 2015 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in June 2015. Finding aid written by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in June 2015.

Audiovisual materials from this collection were digitized in 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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 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:

Rita Guibert Collection of Latin American Authors; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-2; 4-7; 2-3