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Collection Overview

Creator:
Kallifatides, Theodor (1938-)
Title:
Theodor Kallifatides Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc4m90f580t
Dates:
1970-1990
Size:
0.8 linear feet and 2 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001842 to B-001843
Language:
Greek, Modern

Abstract

Consists of correspondence with Kallifatides's parents in Greece; family correspondence; autograph manuscripts and typescripts of his work; and some printed material and documents.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Arrangement

The collection has been organized in the following thematically file groups: Writings by Theodor Kallifatides; Writings by Others; Correspondence; Documents; and Printed Material.

Collection Creator Biography:

Kallifatides, Theodor

Theodor Kallifatides is a Greek novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and director. He immigrated to Sweden in 1964 and has lived in the country ever since. He has been described as the best writer alive in Sweden and as one of the greatest Swedish intellectuals. He has served as the Director of Swedish Television and in 1995 Sweden assigned him the speech for its national holiday.

Kallifatides was born in the village Molaoi, in Laconia, Greece in 1938. His father was Dimitrios Kallifatides, a teacher originated from Pontus and his mother was Antonia Kyriazakou from Molaoi. In 1946, he and his family moved to Athens where he finished high school and studied in the Karolos Koun's Theatrical School. In 1964, he immigrated to Sweden. He studied philosophy, and has worked as a lecturer at Stockholm University between 1969 and 1972 and then as chief of Bonniers Litterära Magasin between 1972 and 1976.

Kallifatides made his literary debut in 1969 with a poetry book but gained recognition mainly through his subsequently published novels. He has published novels, poetry collections, travel essays and plays. He has written film scripts and has directed a film (Kärleken, 1980). He has also translated Greek authors into Swedish and vice versa. He has published 40 books in Swedish, eighteen of which are also available in Greek.

Kallifatides has received numerous awards for his works which usually revolve around memories of his homeland and of being Greek in foreign domains, and his life as a Greek abroad. Almost all his works have been translated and published in more than twenty languages.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund. (AM 2022-101)

Appraisal

No materials were removed from the collection during 2022 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kalliopi Balatsouka in February 2022. Finding aid written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in February 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication 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 Special Collections 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:

Theodor Kallifatides Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc4m90f580t
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001842 to B-001843