Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Yourcenar, Marguerite
Title
Marguerite Yourcenar collection
ID
M191
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1964-1996
Date [inclusive]
1937, 1964-1996, undated
Extent
1.0 linear feet
Language
Abstract
The collection consists of drafts and proofs of Yourcenar's writings, with holographic corrections, including L'Oeuvre au Noir; correspondence; newspaper clippings and articles; information on Yourcenar's hometown of Bailleul; and an audio tape of an interview with Marguerite Yourcenar.

Preferred Citation

Marguerite Yourcenar Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) was the author of historical novels, essays, poetry, and short stories, and a translator of works into her native French. Working principally in French, her most famous works are Mémoires d'Hadrien (Memoirs of Hadrian), published in 1951, and L'Oeuvre au Noir (The Abyss), published in 1968.

Madame Yourcenar was born Marguerite de Crayencour in Belgium, and came to the United States in 1937 to study at Yale. She returned to this country at the outbreak of the Second World War and became a naturalized citizen in 1947. She taught briefly at Sarah Lawrence College (1942) and lectured at other colleges and universities in the U.S. and Europe, but chose to live and write at Northeast Harbor, Maine. Her long and distinguished career as a writer led to memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in the Acadêmie de Belgique, and, the first woman so elected, in the Acadêmie Française. She received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Bowdoin in 1968.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of drafts and proofs with holographic corrections, including L'Oeuvre au Noir; correspondence; newspaper clippings and articles; information on Marguerite Yourcenar's hometown of Bailleul; and an audio tape of an interview with Marguerite Yourcenar.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Reproduction Note

"L'Oeuvre au Noir," 1968, ts. with ms. corrections, also available on microfilm; George J. Mitchell Dept. of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Me.; 1 microfilm reel.


Related Materials

Related Materials

It is supplemented by first and subsequent editions and translations of the published works of Marguerite Yourcenar, which include many of her bibliographic notations.


Collection Inventory

 M191.1 Writings, 1966-1975   0.75 linear feet

Series Description:

Page proofs and typescripts of works by Marguerite Yourcenar with manuscript corrections.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

General Note:

"L'Oeuvre au Noir," 1968, ts. with ms. corrections, also available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Volume
1

1966, "Fleuve Profond, Sombre Riviere," page proof for pocket edition 

2-3

1968, "L'Oeuvre au Noir," ts. with ms. corrections (also available on microfilm) 

4

[1970 or 1971], "Theatre I," ts. with corrections in the author's hand in preparation for the 1971 Gallimard ed. 

5

1974, "Souvenirs Pieux," ts. with ms. corrections; autographed copy 

6

1975, "Souvenirs Pieux," ts. with ms. corrections; autographed copy 


 M191.2 Correspondence and Biographical Material, 1937, 1964-1996, undated   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

Includes correspondence, primarily with Bowdoin College librarians, the Humane Society, and Mary Blume; newspaper clippings, articles, book reviews, obituaries, and posters. Also included is an audio tape of a 1983 interview with Marguerite Yourcenar.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

Audio tape: interview with Marguerite Yourcenar, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, 1983 

1 2

Correspondence, 1968-1970 

1 3

Correspondence, 1974-1987 

1 4

Correspondence, undated 

1 5

Drawing of Caestre in Flanders, France, by J.DZ, 1937 

1 6

Ephemera - printed material, some with handwritten notes, 1964-1996, n.d. 

1 7

Material concerning Bailleul, Marguerite Yourcenar's hometown, n.d. 

1 8

Newspaper clippings and articles, 1968-1993 

Ovsz-Box
E

Posters, 1968, 1989 

Box Folder
1 9

Publisher's catalogue, 1985 

1 10

Records of Yourcenar video recording held by Bowdoin's library, 1986 

1 11

Reviews: Mishima: A Vision of the Void, 1986 Nov, Dec