MS Span 152
Cortázar, Julio. Julio Cortázar Papers: Guide. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© 2006 The President and Fellows of Harvard College
Cataloging funded by the Francis P. Scully and Robert G. Scully Class of 1951
Last update on 2010 March 17
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Call No.: MS Span 152
Creator: Cortázar, Julio.
Title: Julio Cortázar papers,
Quantity: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Note: Collection materials are in Spanish and French.
Abstract: Letters and compositions of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar, sent to his
friend and collaborator, artist Julio Silva.
Processed by: Jessica Suárez
*93M-161. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from Julio Silva,
through Catherine Lecuillier, Bookseller, 65 bis
Boulevard Brune, 75014 Paris; received: 1994
These papers were sent to and collected by, artist Julio Silva.
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Julio Cortázar Papers (MS Span 152). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Julio Cortázar was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1914 of Argentine parents, but he
grew up in Buenos Aries, Argentina. He was a writer, poet, and
translator who authored over 25 novels and short story collections. Some of his best
known works include: Rayuela, 62 modelo para armar, and Historias de cronopios y de famas. In 1951 he moved
to Paris due to his opposition to the Perón regime in Argentina. He lived in Paris
until his death in 1984.
Julio Silva was an artist, book designer, and a close friend of Julio Cortázar. He
collaborated with him on two "collage" books: La vuelta
al día en ochenta mundos and Último
Organized into the following series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Compositions
Includes 37 letters from Cortázar to the artist Julio Silva, with whom he
collaborated on several projects. Letters to Silva include comments on books, and
some also include diagrams and drawings. Also with a carbon of a letter from
Cortázar to Italo Calvino, and a letter from Silva to Arnaldo Orfila Reynal.
Also includes manuscripts of: 62, modelo para armar,
Les discours du Pince-Gueule, and Último round, among other compositions.
Printed books received with this accesssion were transferred to the Rare Book
Relationship between Cortázar and Silva is documented in Cortázar's sketch, "Un julio
habla de otro," text included in La vuelta al día en
ochenta mundos ...
- Series: I. Correspondence
- (1) Calvino, Italo, recipient. Letter from Julio
Cortázar, 1969. 1 folder.
Typescript carbon letter, page 1 only.
Includes references to Rayuela, Los premios, Historias de cronopios y de famas, 62, modelo para armar, and La vuelta as día en ochenta mundos.
- (3) Silva, Julio, 1930-, recipient. Letters from Julio
Cortázar, 1966-1967. 1 folder.
Includes references to Le discours du
pince-guele, Historia de cronopios y de famas, Historias de cronopios y de famas,
and La vuelta al día en ochenta
- (4) Silva, Julio, 1930-, recipient. Letters from Julio
Cortázar, 1968-1970. 1 folder.
Includes references to La vuelta al día en
ochenta mundos, 62, modelo para armar, Último round, and Historias de cronopios y de famas.
- (5) Silva, Julio, 1930-, recipient. Letters from Julio
Cortázar, undated. 1 folder.
Some letters include sketches.
Includes references to Último round, La vuelta al día en ochenta mundos, Historias de cronopios y de famas,
and 62, modelo para armar.
- Series: II. Compositions
- (6) Cortázar, Julio. 62, modelo para armar : typescript
carbon, 1966. 6 folders.
- (7) Cortázar, Julio. 62, modelo para armar : cover design
mechanicals, 1966. 1 folder.
- (9) Cortázar, Julio. Les discours du Pince-Gueule :
autograph manuscripts, typescript carbons, circa 1966.
5 portions of the French text, some with autograph revisions and
Includes the following texts:
- On dessine une petite étoile
: autograph manuscript (signed), typescript carbon
- Et non et non et non :
autograph manuscript (signed), typescript carbon
- Façon très simple de détruire une
ville : autograph manuscript (signed), typescript
- Petit déjeuner : autograph
manuscript (signed), typescript carbon
- Refusé par Maggi et même par
Knorr : autograph manuscript (signed), typescript
Includes additional typescript carbon pages with autograph
revisions, with titles/headings cut from pages.
Also with: invitation to the exhibition of Silva's
lithographs for the book at La Galerie de l'Université, Buenos Aires,
1966, and and photograph of 1967
- (11) Cortázar, Julio. Una muerte monstruosa: Roque Dalton :
typescript photocopy, undated. 1 folder.