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Antón Arrufat Papers

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Arrufat, Antón, 1935-

Antón Arrufat (b. 1935) is a Cuban dramatist, short story writer, novelist and poet. He has lived in worked in the U.S. and Europe; he currently resides in Cuba. He is well-known for his play, Siete contra Tebas (1968), a play which is based on the drama of the same name by the Greek dramatist Aeschylus. When Siete contra Tebas was first performed in Cuba, it caused a stir among Cubans because of its critical character of the Cuban Marxist-Leninist regime. His other theatrical works include Todos los domingos (1965), Teatro (1963), a collection of plays, and La tierra permanente (1987). Arrufat's published books of poetry include Repaso final (1963), Escrito en las puertas (1967) and La huella en la arena (1986). His fiction writing includes La caja está cerrada (novel, 1984), and Que haras después de mí? (short stories, 1988). He is the co-editor with Fausto Masó of a collection of short stories, Nuevos cuentistas cubanos (1961). Las pequenas cosas (1988) is a collection of nonfiction essays.

The Antón Arrufat Papers consists of writings by Antón Arrufat and others, and correspondence of Antón Arrufat. The collection includes poems by Arrufat, a notebook for the novel La caja está cerrada, poems and short stories by Virgilio Piñera, and a partial manuscript and correspondence related to a Spanish translation of Witold Gombrowicz's novel, Ferdydurke. Gombrowicz is a Polish writer who lived in Argentina for 25 years. The strength of the collection are the original writings of Arrufat, and his correspondence with Argentinian writers Julio Cortázar and José Bianco, Cuban writers Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Virgilio Piñera, Calvert Casey, and José Triana, and Mexican writers Juan Vicente Melo, Juan José Arreola, and José Emilio Pacheco.

The University purchased the collection from the author in 1993.

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This collection was processed by Claire A. Johnston in 1995. Finding aid written by Claire A. Johnston in 1995.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Claire A. Johnston
Finding Aid Date
1997
Access Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of the writings of Antón Arrufat, including "Repaso", "En un libro", and "Adios", as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Physical Description

1 box

"Adios", AMsS, 1962. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[poem]

Physical Description

1 folder

"Alvar de Alcocer", AMsS, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[poem]

Physical Description

1 folder

"Antigona", AMs, 1953. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[verse]

Physical Description

1 folder

"La caja está cerrada" [notebook], AMs, 1970. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"En un libro", AMsS, 1962. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[poem]

Physical Description

1 folder

"Repaso", AMs, 1962. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[poem]

Physical Description

1 folder

Untitled, TMs, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[prose]

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence with individuals such as Guillermo Cabrera Infante, José Emilio Pacheco, and Juan José Arreola, as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Arreola, Juan José, 1961. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Bernárdez, Aurora (wife of Julio Cortázar), 1963. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Bianco, José ("Pepe"), 1963. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cabrera Infante, Guillermo, 1960. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Casey, Calvert, 1967-1968. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cortázar, Julio, 1963-1965. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Melo, Juan Vicente, 1968. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Pacheco, José Emilio, 1962. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Piñera, Virgilio, 1955-1964. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Triana, José, 1964-1991. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Valencia, Elmo and Alcántara Hurán, Pedro, 1964. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers by others, primarily those of Virgilio Piñera.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author and then by title.

Physical Description

1 box

Gombrowicz, Witold: "Ferdydurke" , TMs; also ALS to Graciela Peyrou, circa 1963. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[fragment of Spanish translation, with revisions by Gombrowicz]

Physical Description

1 folder

Piñera, Virgilio: "En la biblioteca," "Antón en sus cumpleaños," and "Dos o tres elegancias...", TMs, 1972. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[poems, dedicated to Arrufat]

Physical Description

1 folder

Piñera, Virgilio: "Concilio y discurso", TMs, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[short story]

Physical Description

1 folder

Piñera, Virgilio: "En la funérea playa fué", 1969. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[short story]

Physical Description

1 folder

Piñera, Virgilio: "Hay muertos que no hacen ruido...", TMs, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[short story]

Physical Description

1 folder

Piñera, Virgilio: "Muchacho azul", AMsS, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[poem]

Physical Description

1 folder

Piñera, Virgilio: "La risa", TMs, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[short story]

Physical Description

1 folder

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