Contents and Arrangement

Letters from Jorge Amado, 1982

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of 34 typewritten and handwritten letters and two handwritten postcards (circa 1976-1985) from Jorge Amado to the Portuguese journalist, essayist, translator, literary critic and teacher, Alvaro Salema. Many of those letters are addressed to both, Alvaro and Elisa Salema. Also included are two typewritten letters from Zélia Amado to Alvaro and Elisa Salema. Many of the typewritten letters include manuscript corrections and additions. Content of the letters includes topics of politics and names prominent figures in Brazil and Portugal who met with Amado during the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. One postcard describes Amado's job as a judge at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985, a few letters describe the Academia Brasileira de Letras, and others describe Amado's creative process and working time on novels. One letter of interest (Bahia, 30 January 1981), is where Amado writes about how the U.S. government has made it difficult for him to get a visa to travel because he is considered to be an "undesirable" person. Description is based on dealer's documentation.

Additional materials (AM 2020-11) consist of eleven typewritten and handwritten letters from Jorge Amado to Alvaro Salema; one typewritten document ("Boletim de Informação") with handwritten message signed by Jorge Amado, and one typewritten letter from Zélia Amado to Alvaro Salema. The letters date primarily from the early 1980s, and several of them offer an intimate look into Jorge Amado's creative process. Many of the letters also describe Zelia Amado's writing schedule, her creative output, and the success of her books of memoirs. Regarding politics, two items are of interest: Jorge Amado's speech (undated, possibly 1974), after the fall of the Portuguese dictatorship, in which he praises the work of Fernando Amora and that creative intelligence did not fall victim to fascism; and in another letter, dated June 29, 1984, Jorge Amado laments a law related to national security in Portugal that is up for a vote. Other topics include travel schedules, Jorge Amado's growing fame, and the Academia Brasileira de Letras. Description is based on dealer's documentation.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

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:

Letters from Jorge Amado; Jorge Amado Letters, C1622, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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