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Marguerite Yourcenar Collection M191

Title:
Marguerite Yourcenar collection
Creator:
Yourcenar, Marguerite
ID:
M191
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1964-1996
Date [inclusive]:
1937, 1964-1996, undated
Extent:
1.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
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.
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.

Preferred Citation:

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Volume 1

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

Volume 2-3

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

Volume 4

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

Volume 5

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

Volume 6

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.

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

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1968-1970

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1974-1987

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence, undated

Box 1 Folder 4

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

Box 1 Folder 5

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

Box 1 Folder 6

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

Box 1 Folder 7

Newspaper clippings and articles, 1968-1993

Box 1 Folder 8

Posters, 1968, 1989

Ovsz-Box E

Publisher's catalogue, 1985

Box 1 Folder 9

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

Box 1 Folder 10

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

Box 1 Folder 11
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