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Esteban, Claude
Claude Esteban Letters
Manuscripts Division
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The collection chiefly consists of 30 letters (1968-1988) received by the French poet, essayist, and translator, Claude Esteban, from the Mexican poet, writer, and diplomat, Octavio Paz, concerning translations projects.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection chiefly consists of 30 handwritten and typewritten letters (Spanish) from the Mexican poet, writer, and diplomat Octavio Paz to Claude Esteban. Other materials include a handwritten letter (French) from Esteban to Paz; five handwritten and typewritten letters (English and French) from other correspondents to Esteban via Paz; and one handwritten hotel message (Spanish) of a phone call from Paz to Esteban. Topics chiefly relate to translations undertaken by Esteban of works written by Paz, including Blanco and El mono gramático. Other topics include discussions relating to some of Esteban's writings, the literary magazine founded by Esteban, Argile, the magazine founded by Paz, Plural, the political environment in France and Mexico, and other matters.


Items have been, for the most part, maintained in groupings as received by the repository, and then arranged chronologically within each grouping.

Collection Creator Biography:

Esteban, Claude

Claude Esteban was born in Paris, France, in July 26, 1935. He was a French poet, essayist, and translator. Esteban published several books of poems and several collections of essays on poetry, literature, and visual art, and translated the works of various authors, including Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borges, and Federico García Lorca into French. He was awarded the Mallarmé Prize, the Grand Prix de Poésie de la Société des gens de lettres, the France Culture Prize, and the Prix Goncourt. He also founded the literary magazine, Argile. He died in Paris, France, on April 10, 2006.

Collection History


Purchased in 2018 (AM 2019-29).


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

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Armando Suarez in December 2018. Finding aid written by Armando Suarez in December 2018.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Claude Esteban Letters; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001228