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Princeton University Library Collection of Triantaphyllos Pittas Materials


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Pittas, Triantaphyllos

Pittas was born in Soufli in 1912. He was an important author of short stories in Greece. He started writing and publishing stories in children's magazines at a very early age. In 1938, he published for first time a literature criticism in the newspapers "Proodos" and "Prōia" in Thrace. He participated in the Greek Resistance during World War II. He was imprisoned in Aigina for two years and in Polygyros (Greece). From 1950 and onwards, he presented literature criticism and essays in newspapers of Thessalonikē. In 1962, for first time, his poems were published in the magazine "Diagōnios". In 1969, he published his first collection of 17 stories under the title Ta Terata tha erthoun, and in 1973, his poetry collection Gymnastikē. In 1977, he published the story Hē metakomisē and in 1979, another collection under the title: Mageia sto lopho mousōn. In 1980, a third collection To kinēma tōn gymnōn and in 1982, he published a personal magazine with short stories, self-criticism about his works, and letters. He was using pseudonyms for his publications very often. His poems and novels have been translated and published in English and American literature reviews. He died on March 25, 1997.

Collection comprises handwritten drafts of short stories by Pittas, including Alychtēsmata and Hē sphagē tōn paidiōn: Politiko enklēma; notebooks containing essays, personal thoughts, and notes concerning newspaper articles; travel diaries; and correspondence.

Arranged by subject.

Gift of the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund in June 2016 and 2019 (AM 2016-118; 2019-25).

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This collection was processed by Kalliopi Balatsouka in October 2019. Finding aid written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in November 2019.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

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Collection Inventory

Autobiography, undated.
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Consists of a typescript of Pittas's autobiography with the title Hē Pneumatikē mou drasē kai dēmiourgia, as well as a xerox copy of a handwritten biographical note.

Correspondence, 1950-1954.
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This file group consists of autograph letters signed by an unidentified friend of Pittas. There is also one letter from Pittas to his friend.

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This file group consists of short stories written by Triantaphyllos Pittas.

Alychtismata, 1946 July 19.
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Consists of a dated autograph manuscript and a typescript of the short story Alychtismata. The typescript is signed with the pseudonym Dēmētrēs N. Koulourēs.

Hē sphagē tōn paidiōn: Politiko enklēma, 1946 January.
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Consists of an autograph manuscript (11 numbered leaves) with annotations, signed with the pseudonym Kleanthēs Triantos.

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This file group consists of five travel diaries that Pittas kept while traveling in Bulgaria, Romania, former Soviet Union, Germany, and Austria.

Autograph Diaries, 1936-1937.
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Consists of two diaries of Pittas's travels in Europe. One of the notebooks bears the pseudonym of the author "Kōsta D. Pentedeka."

Autograph Diaries, 1975.
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Consists of three diaries of Pittas's travels to Austria, former Soviet Union, Bulgaria, and Romania.

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This file group consists of notebooks containing handwritten short stories by Pittas, personal thoughts, essays, literary reviews, notes on physiology, on Delphi, the atmosphere, athletics, and kinesiology.

Notebooks, 1937-1943.
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Consists of two notebooks containing handwritten short stories (Diēgēmata), personal thoughts, articles, and letters (Skepseis, Arthra, Grammata) by Pittas.

Notebooks, 1942-1951.
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Consists of five notebooks containing handwritten notes of several readings, as well as letters to modern Greek poets and ancient Greek politicians.

Notebooks, 1946-1960.
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Consists of five notebooks containing handwritten drafts of poems by Pittas; letters to several modern Greek poets; notes concerning newspaper articles; and essays.

Notebooks, 1947-1950.
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Consists of three notebooks containing handwritten personal thoughts of Pittas' readings; letters to Modern Greek writers; book reviews; and short stories.

Notebooks, 1950-1961.
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Consists of five notebooks containing handwritten notes, personal thoughts, book excerpts, letters, and events of Pittas's personal life.

Notebooks, undated.
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Consists of three notebooks and loose leaves with handwritten notes on several topics.

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