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Kostas and Linda S. Myrsiades Papers
Manuscripts Division
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4.0 linear feet and 7 boxes
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-6; 8 : Boxes 2; 4-5; 7
Greek, Modern English


This collection consists of personal papers of Kostas and Linda S. Myrsiades, including correspondence, autograph manuscripts and typescripts, photographs and printed materials.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of correspondence with many literary figures such as Kimon Friar, Antōnēs Dekavalles, Giannēs Ritsos, and Takēs Papatsōnēs; research material on Greek Resistance and Resistance theater during the World War II; book reviews; photographs; a color painting of Karagöz by Giōrgos Charidēmos; printed materials; several tapes and CDs of plays, performances, songs, poetry, and research interviews.

Collection Creator Biography:

Kostas Myrsiades is an emeritus professor of English and Comparative Literature of the Department of English at the West Chester University in Philadelpheia, Pennsylvania, where he taught courses on Greek and European literature. Myrsiades, born in Samos, Greece, studied comparative literature at Indiana University from where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees concentrating on modern Greek and classic literature. Myrsiades is a translator of Modern Greek poetry having published translations of Ritsos, Papatsōnēs, Yannis Kondos, and many other contemporary Greek poets as well as translations of plays of karagōz, the modern Greek shadow theater. He wrote numerous articles on Ritsos, Seferis, Papatsōnēs, Kazantzakis and Homer. He is also author of several books. In 1995, he received the Gold Medallion from the Hellenic Society of Translators of Literature, an award presented annually by the Greek Government to a scholar from any country. He was the editor of College Literature, a journal for college and university teaching, criticism, and theory, and coeditor of the Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora.

Linda Myrsiades is professor emerita of English and comparative literature at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and and has published articles on Greek theater, law and literature, and business communication. She is also author of several books. Along with Kostas Myrsiades they coetided Margins in the Classroom: Teaching Literature(1994) and Race-ing Representation: Voice, History, and Sexuality (1988). She was an associate editor of College Literature.

Collection History


Gift of Kostas and Linda S. Myrsiades to the Program in Hellenic Studies for the Princeton University Library in February 2019 . AM 2019-91.

Archival Appraisal Information:

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

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Kalliopi Balatsouka in August 2019. Finding aid written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in December 2019.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Photocopies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.

Credit this material:

Kostas and Linda S. Myrsiades Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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