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- Roberto González Echevarría Collection on Severo Sarduy and Other Latin American Writers
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- 11 boxes and 4.5 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 11; B-000859; B-000868; B-000860; B-000861; B-000862; B-000863; B-000864; B-000865; B-000866; B-000867
Roberto González Echevarría is a Cuban-born critic and Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature at Yale University. This collection contains his correspondence with Severo Sarduy and other writers and critics including among them Alejo Carpentier, Miguel Barnet, Antonio Benítez Rojo, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Nancy Morejón, Octavio Paz, Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Calvin Trilin, J. Wright, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar, Rosario Ferré, and José Donoso. Also in the collection are typescripts, audio recordings, photographs, and printed materials particularly relating to González Echevarría's work on Sarduy.
Collection Description & Creator Information
This collection contains correspondence with Severo Sarduy and other Cuban writers including Alejo Carpentier, Nancy Morejón, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Manuel Moreno Fraginals, Heberto Padilla, Reynaldo González, Enrique Labrador Ruiz, Miguel Barnet, Antonio Benítez Rojo, and Roberto Fernández Retamar. Correspondence with other writers includes Octavio Paz, Abel Posse, Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Calvin Trilin, J. Wright, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar, Rosario Ferré, and José Donoso.
Included in the collection are typescripts, audio recordings, photographs, and printed materials particularly relating to González Echevarría's work on Sarduy.
Organized into the following series: Series 1: Correspondence, Series 2: Manuscripts, Series 3: Printed Materials, and Series 4: Photographs and Audiovisual Materials.
- Collection Creator Biography:
González Echevarría, Roberto
Roberto González Echevarría was born on November 28, 1943 in Sagua La Grande, Cuba. He is the Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature at Yale University.
His family emigrated to the United States in 1959 at the advent of the Cuban Revolution. He received his bachelor's from the University of South Florida in 1964, a masters from Indiana University in 1966, and a doctorate from Yale in 1970. He also holds honorary doctorates from Colgate University (1987), the University of South Florida (2000), and Columbia University (2002). In 1999 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
After receiving his doctorate, González Echevarría taught at Yale and then at Cornell (1971-1977), where he was one of the first editors of the journal Diacritics. Since 1977 he has taught at Yale University, where he was awarded the first endowed chair in Spanish (R. Selden Rose). In 1991, he was named Bass Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, and in 1995, Sterling Professor, the highest-ranking university chair at Yale.
His works include Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home (1977, 1990); The Voice of the Masters: Writing and Authority in Modern Latin American Literature (1985); his Cátedra editions of Carpentier's Los pasos perdidos (1985)and Sarduy's De donde son los cantantes (1993); La ruta de Severo Sarduy (1987); Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative (1990, 1998); Celestina's Brood: Continuities of the Baroque in Spanish and Latin American Literatures (1993); The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball (1999); Crítica práctica, práctica crítica (2002); Love and the Law in Cervantes (2005); and Cuban Fiestas (2010).
He was awarded the National Humanities Medal of 2010 by President Barack Obama. He has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and, among others, grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.
Purchase, 2016 (AM 2017-64), with additions in 2017-2018 (AM 2018-73, AM 2018-102).
This collection was purchased (in part) with funds provided by the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Nothing was removed during the 2017 processing.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez with the assistance of Isabella Litke, Ann-Elise Siden, and Fiona Bell in January 2017. Finding aid written by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in January 2017. New accessions added to the finding aid by Kelly Bolding in May 2018.
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- Access Restrictions:
Open for research.
For preservation reasons, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats 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:
Roberto González Echevarría Collection on Severo Sarduy and Other Latin American Writers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Authors, Cuban -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Cuban literature -- 20th century.
Gay men's writings, Cuban -- 20th century.
Latin American literature -- 20th century.
Poets, Cuban -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
- Genre Terms:
- Correspondence -- 20th century.
Interviews -- 20th century.
Translations (documents) -- 20th century
- González Echevarría, Roberto