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Miguel Angel Asturias Papers


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Asturias, Miguel Ángel

Recipient of the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature, Miguel Angel Asturias was born in Guatemala and studied law at the University of San Carlos. After completing his studies, Asturias, along with fellow students, founded the Popular University of Guatemala. In 1923, Asturias traveled to Europe, spending much of his time in Paris, France, until returning to Guatemala in 1933. During this time, Asturias wrote Leyendas de Guatemala and El Senor Presidente. In 1946, Asturias was named cultural attache to the Guatemalan Embassy in Mexico, and he later served in the same capacity in Argentina. With the fall of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman's government, Asturias was forced into exile in Argentina (1954-1962). In 1966, Asturias was appointed Guatemalan ambassador to France.

The collection consists primarily of correspondence of Asturias, Seymour Lawrence, Gregory Rabassa, Jose Castillo, Tom Maschler, and others concerning Rabassa's English translations of Asturias' works, such as Strong Wind (Viento Fuerto), The Green Pope (El Popa Verde), and The Eyes of the Interred (Los Ojos de los Enterrados), and their publication in the United States and abroad.

Purchased from Howard Woolmer in 1987.

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Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '14 in 2012.

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Collection Inventory

Promotional Materials, 1967-1969. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Nobel Prize, 1967 December. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Award Ceremony programs, transcript of speeches, etc.

Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, 1963-1967. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Correspondence, 1968-1969. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

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