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Greene, James, 1938-
James Greene Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001216


Consists of correspondence, comprising eighty-one letters, between poet and translator James Greene and other writers and artists, including Ted Hughes and Antony Gormley. The letters range in date from 1956 to 2006.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection consists of eighty-one letters to the translator and poet James Greene from various writers and artists, including Raymond Chandler, Ted Hughes, R.D. Laing, John Tavener, Ken Kiff, Frank Kermode, Iris Murdoch, and others. Most of the letters comment on Greene's translations of the poetry of Russian author Osip Madelstam, as well as Greene's own poems and plays, including Dead-man's-fall, Stalin's Mercy, and Stalin's Mirror.


Arranged alphabetically by name by the archivist.

Collection Creator Biography:

Greene, James

James Greene, born in 1938, is a poet and translator. He is most known for his translations of Russian poet Osip Mandelstam's work, and many of the letters in the collection concern his translations of Mandelstam's poems.

Collection History


Purchased in 2018 . AM 2018-108.


No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in September 2018. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in September 2018.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Credit this material:

James Greene Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001216