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MS Russ 69

Gazdanov, Gaito. Gaito Gazdanov papers, 1929-1971: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: MS, b, f
Call No.: MS Russ 69
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gazdanov, Gaito.
Title: Gaito Gazdanov papers,
Date(s): 1929-1971.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Materials are in Russian and a few are in French.
Abstract: Papers of Gaito Gazdanov, the Russian-born émigré writer, including manuscripts of most of his writings and a small amount of correspondence and clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

94M-60. Mrs. Faina Gazdanoff, 69, rue Brancion, 75015 Paris, France. Received: 1976-1977.

Processing Information:

Processed by: László Dienes

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Gaito Gazdanov Papers, 1929-1971 (MS Russ 69). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Gaito Gazdanov (1903-1971) was a Russian émigré writer. He was born in St. Petersberg but left Russia during the 1917 revolution. He lived in Paris from 1923 to 1953 and then moved to Munich to become an editor with Radio Liberty. He wrote only in Russian, though his work has since been translated into many languages.


The finding aid and additional information about the papers has been published in: László Dienes, "Gaito Gazdanov: Russian Émigré Literature at Harvard." Harvard Library Bulletin, Vol.7, No.4 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Library, 1996).


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Papers include a nearly complete collection of manuscript drafts of Gazdanov's major works, a small correspondence series, and a few clippings from Parisian newspapers. No strictly biographical or personal items are found here. There are manuscripts of all his novels except his first (Vecher u Klèr=An Evening with Claire) and his last unfinished novel (Perevorot=The Coup). The collection also includes manuscripts of most of his critical essays, short stories, and book reviews.

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