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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Novels

II. Short Stories

III. Poetry

IV. Drama

V. Essays

The Benson Latin American Collection

Julio Cortázar Literary Manuscripts, 1943-1982



Descriptive Summary

Creator Cortázar, Julio
Title Julio Cortázar Literary Manuscripts
Dates: 1943-1982
Abstract Handwritten or typewritten drafts of five novels, ten short stories, a group of poems, two plays, two essays, and two notebooks containing various literary pieces of the Argentine author and translator Julio Cortázar.
OCLC Record No. 42395676
Extent 1.3 linear feet (5 manuscript boxes)
Language Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Argentine author and translator. Born Aug. 26, 1914, in Brussels, Belgium, to Argentine parents. Died Feb. 12, 1984, in Paris, France. His family returned to Argentina in 1919 from Belgium. After obtaining a degree in 1932 as a high school teacher, Cortázar taught from 1937-1944. He was awarded a degree in French literature from the University of Buenos Aires in 1937, began writing short stories and published his first book of poems Presencia in 1938. He moved to Mendoza in 1944 to teach literature at the Universidad de Cuyo. Due to his views, he resigned in 1945 and moved to Buenos Aires, where he worked for the Cámara del Libro from 1946-1948 and as a public translator from 1948 to 1951. When he moved to Paris in 1951, he worked as a translator for UNESCO (1952-1984) and continued to write until his death. His philosophy of the novel and his life as a voluntary exile are expressed in Rayuela (Hopscotch), which he began writing in 1952 in Paris, and published in Buenos Aires in 1963. The literary manuscript in the Benson collection reflects its complexity. Cortázar obtained the Prix Medicis in 1974 for Libro de Manuel, the manuscript of which is also at the Benson Collection.

Cortázar travelled extensively throughout his life and remained an advocate of human rights and political freedom in Latin America.

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Scope and Contents Note

The collection contains handwritten or typewritten drafts of five novels, ten short stories, a group of poems used in his Salvo el crepúsculo…, two plays, two essays, and two notebooks containing various literary pieces. They are arranged by literary genre.

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Arrangement

The collection has been arranged in the following five series:

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Any use, reproduction, or distribution of the Julio Cortázar Literary Manuscripts is restricted under international copyright law. All rights are reserved by Cortázar's widow, Aurora Bernárdez. Contact information is available at the Benson library.

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Index Terms

The Julio Cortázar Literary Manuscripts are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas at Austin General Libraries' catalog:
Cortázar, Julio--Archives.
Authors, Argentine--Archives.
Authors, Argentine--France--Paris--Archives.
Translators--Argentina--Archives.
Translators--France--Paris--Archives.
Argentine fiction--Archives.
Fantastic fiction, Argentine--Archives.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Julio Cortázar Literary Manuscripts, Benson Latin American Collection, General Libraries, University of Texas at Austin.

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Box and Folder Inventory

 

I. Novels

box
1 El examen, on last numbered leaf: 21 de septiembre de 1950.
Front cover, title page + 252 leaves.
Handwritten addition on title page: “A Aurora Bernárdez 1950”
First published Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana Sudamericana/Planeta, 1986. (PQ 7797 C7145 E9 1986 LAC)
box
2 Rayuela, N.d., N.p.
Title page + 653 leaves.
First published Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1963. (PQ 7797 C7145 R3 1963 LAC-Z)
Critical edition published Nanterre, France: ALLCA XXe, 1991: “Esta edición crítica se basa en el manuscrito de Rayuela que se encuentra en la Benson Latin American Collection de la University of Texas, en Austin, como parte de la colección de manuscritos de Julio Cortázar.” (Julio Ortega, “Nota sobre el texto,” p. XXVII). (PQ 7797 C7145 R3 1991 LAC)
Note: Ana María Barrenechea states in Cuaderno de bitácora de “Rayuela” (PQ 7797 C7145 R3345 1983 LAC): “Se ha dado la circunstancia de que Julio Cortázar me regaló el Cuaderno de bitácora de 'Rayuela' (log-book) como él mismo lo llama en una ocasión.” (p.9, first sentence)
box
3 62, at end: Paris, Ginebra, Saignon [sic] 1965–1967.
Title page + 289 leaves. [Note: no subtitle on title page.]
First published Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1968, with subtitle Modelo para armar. (Gz 868.8 C81755s)
box
4 Libro de Manuel, at end: Paris, Saignon [sic], 1969–1972.
Title page + 412 leaves.
First published Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1973. (PQ 7797 C7145 L5 LAC-Z)
Logbook for Libro de Manuel, at end: Termino (para seguir) esta noche de enero de 1972 en París.
62 unnumbered pages in notebook.
Written by hand (holograph). “Cuaderno manuscrito que sirvió de guía del proceso de producción de la novela. Contiene proyectos, esquemas preparatorios, reflexiones, ideas nucleares, observaciones, etc.” Unpublished.
box folder
5 1 [Box List]
2 Divertimento, at end: Buenos Aires, Carnaval de 1949.
Title page + 89 leaves.
First published Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1986. (PQ 7797 C7145 D58 1986 LAC)

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II. Short Stories

Except as indicated, the stories in folders 5 and 6 published in Queremos tanto a Glenda, first published Mexico: Editorial Nueva Imagen, 1980 (PQ 7797 C7145 Q4 LAC). Stories in folders 7–9 published in Deshoras, first published Madrid: Ediciones Alfaguara, 1982 (PQ 7797 C7145 D4 1982 LAC). Stories in folders 10–14 unpublished[?]
box folder
5 3 "Bruja," at end: 1943.
9 leaves.
First published in Correo literario, v.2, no.19 (Buenos Aires, Aug. 15, 1944), p.3. (–f–G056.82 C817 v.1–3 no.1–40 Nov. 1943–Apr. 1945). Also published in Caravelle (Cahiers du Monde Hispanique et Luso-Brésilien), no.31 (1978), pp.181–187. (F 1401 C24 no.30–31 1978 LAC)
4 "La barca," at end: "Lo escribí en Venecia en 1954."
40 leaves (6 leaves typescript; 34 leaves handwritten).
Published in Alguien que anda por ahí (first edition: Madrid: Ediciones Alfaguara, 1977, pp.111–160).
5 Notebook #1, N.d.
29 leaves of text.
Handwritten.
1/ Ms. title: “Los modos del encuentro“[Published title: “Anillo de Moebius”]
2/ Ms. title: “Musical offering” (rewritten in Notebook 2)[Published title: “Nota sobre el tema de un rey y la venganza de un príncipe”]
3/ Untitled manuscript published as “Clone” (ms. continued in Notebook 2)[Published: = pp.89–97]
Unpublished: two loose untitled leaves (draft related to "Anillo de Moebius").
6 Notebook #2, N.d.
29 leaves of text and separate photocopy of Frederick Youens’ jacket notes for a recording of J.S. Bach “The Musical Offering, BWV 1079” (2 leaves). Cortázar’s text handwritten.
1/ Untitled manuscript published as “Clone” (ms. continued from Notebook 1)[Published: = pp.97–102]
2/ Ms. title: “Nota sobre " " " .”[Published title: “Nota sobre el tema de un rey y la venganza de un príncipe” (pp.103–106)]
3/ Ms. untitled (2 pp.) Unpublished (?)
4/ Ms. title: “Historia con migalas”[Published title: “Historia con migalas” (pp.25–35)]
5/ Untitled essay about Roger Caillois. Unpublished.
7 "Diario para un cuento," N.d.
24 leaves (some handwritten).
8 "La escuela de noche," N.d.
22 leaves.
9 "Segundo viaje," N.d.
16 leaves.
10 "La daga y el lis," N.d.
8 leaves.
11 "Manuscrito hallado junto a una mano," N.d.
5 leaves.
12 "Los gatos," at end: Enero de 1948.
35 leaves.
13 "Informe hallado en un bolsillo," on title page: Buenos Aires 1949.
Title page + 13 leaves.
“Primera versión inédita.”
14 "Ciao, Verona," at end: Paris 1977.
17 leaves.

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III. Poetry

box folder
5 15 "Poemas—Primer estado del libro de poemas Salvo el crepúsculo…", N.d. (on cover: a publicarse en 1983/84).
Cover wrapper, title page + 171 leaves.
First published Mexico: Editorial Nueva Imagen, 1984. (PQ 7797 C7145 S24 1984B LAC-Z)

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IV. Drama

box folder
5 16 "Dos juegos de palabras," 1948, 1950.
29 leaves: 2 title pages + 15 leaves + 11 leaves + 1 leaf blank.
Consists of two plays:
Published in Adiós, Robinson y otras piezas breves (Buenos Aires: Aguilar, Altea, Taurus, Alfaguara, 1995). (PQ 7797 C7145 A77 1995 LAC)
“Pieza en tres escenas,” at end: Buenos Aires, 1948.
“Tiempo,” at end: M.S. “Anna C,” abril de 1950.
17 "Nada a Pehuajó," N.d.
Title page + 54 leaves.
First published Mexico: Editorial Katún, 1984. (PQ 7797 C7145 N3 1984 LAC)
Republished in Adiós, Robinson y otras piezas breves (Buenos Aires: Aguilar, Altea, Taurus, Alfaguara, 1995). (PQ 7797 C7145 A77 1995 LAC)

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V. Essays

box folder
5 18 "Correción de pruebas en Alta Provenza," at end: Saignon [sic] 14 de septiembre de 1972.
26 leaves (first leaf ribbon copy; remaining leaves photocopy with corrections by hand).
Published?
Thoughts related to reading the galley proofs of Libro de Manuel.
19 "Teoría del túnel," at end of leaf numbered 66: Buenos Aires, enero–agosto de 1947.
Title page + 72 leaves + 1 leaf blank.
First published in Julio Cortázar: Obra crítica, v.1 (Saúl Yurkievich, ed.; Madrid: Santillana, 1994). (PN 710 C62 1994 V.1 LAC)

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