The Hudson Review celebrates its 65th anniversary next month. One of the most notable and influential American literary quarterlies of the post-World War II era, it was co-founded in 1947 by Princeton graduates Frederick Morgan (Class of 1943), Joseph Bennett (Class of 1943), and William Arrowsmith (Class of 1945). Its archives, comprising 250 linear feet worth of correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, journals, and other materials, are held in Princeton University Library’s Manuscripts Division. Among the numerous prominent authors, critics, intellectuals, and translators represented in the files are Saul Bellow, Isaiah Berlin, Yves Bonnefoy, Kenneth Burke, Hayden Carruth, E. M. Cioren, T. S . Eliot, Robert Fitzgerald, Northrop Frye, Wyndham Lewis, Robert Lowell, Hugh MacDiarmid, Thomas Mann, Marianne Moore, Saint-John Perse, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, Allen Tate, William Carlos Williams, and Yvor Winters.
The Hudson Review is profiled in The Wall Street Journal this week: “The Quarterly Wins the Race” by Pia Catton.
Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s latest film, The Great Gatsby, will open the 66th Festival de Cannes in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2013.
For trailers, photographs, and more, see the Warner Bros. official site, The Great Gatsby.
During the summer of 2011, Luhrmann and several members of his production team made a research visit to the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections to view Fitzgerald’s heavily corrected autograph manuscript and galleys of The Great Gatsby, as well as related material in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers and other collections in the Manuscripts Division. The British actress Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy Buchanan in the movie, also visited to view portions of the Fitzgerald Papers and in particular to meet with Don C. Skemer, Curator of Manuscripts, to discuss Fitzgerald’s relationship with Ginevra King, who served as a model for Daisy, Jay Gatsby’s lost love.
For more about the visit, including comments from Luhrmann and Mulligan, see “A Gatsby Visit.”
For more on the relationship between Fitzgerald and King, see the Princeton Alumni Weekly November 5, 2003 cover story, “Fitzgerald’s First Love: Before Scott Married Zelda” by Merrell Noden, ’78.
Also see, The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, His First Love (Random House, 2005) by James L. W. West, III.
The March 20th issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly highlights the current Main Gallery exhibition, “A Republic in the Wilderness: Treasures of American History from Jamestown to Appomattox.”
“True Treasures: Two and A Half Centuries of American History Are On Display in Firestone” by W. Barksdale Maynard ’88
The exhibition is free and open to the public, and is on view in the Main Gallery of Firestone Library from February 22 through August 4, 2013, weekdays from 9 am to 4:45 pm, and weekends from noon to 5 pm.
An accompanying online exhibition, featuring selected items on display, is available at http://rbsc.princeton.edu/republic.
Rubén Gallo, Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Princeton and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, recently highlighted an acquisition in the Graphic Arts Collection of thirty-four paintings and drawings by the novelist, critic, poet, and visual artist Severo Sarduy (1937-1993). Professor Gallo’s article, “Un cubano en Princeton,” appears in a recent issue of Ñ, the cultural supplement of the Argentine daily Clarín:
“Un cubano en Princeton” by Rubén Gallo
The Sarduy collection is also featured in two articles in the most recent issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle (Vol. LXXII, no. 3, 2012):
“Moctezuma’s Revenge, or Severo Sarduy in Princeton” by Rubén Gallo.
“Biography of a Few Paintings” by François Wahl (translated by Françoise Gramet and Richard Sieburth).
The original French text of Wahl’s reminiscence can be accessed online: “Biographie de quelques tableaux.”
For more about the Sarduy collection at Princeton, including several images of the artwork, see the Graphic Arts blog post, “Severo Sarduy, Novelist, Critic, Poet, and Painter.”
A recent article in Ñ, the cultural supplement of the Argentine daily Clarín, highlights Princeton’s growing collection of Latin American literary archives:
“La memoria de la literatura latinoamericana” by Juan José Mendoza
The history of the Latin American literary archives at Princeton dates back to 1974, when the library received a donation of papers from Chilean writer José Donoso, Princeton class of 1951. The archives have grown ever since, now numbering well over sixty collections, and a list of current holdings reads as a who’s who of Latin American authors: Reinaldo Arenas, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Julio Cortázar, José Donoso, Carlos Fuentes, Elena Garro, Juan José Saer, Emir Rodríguez Monegal, Alejandra Pizarnik, and Mario Vargas Llosa to name a few.
For a guide to the archives and related special collections at Princeton, see Archives of Latin American Writers and Intellectuals in the Manuscripts Division, created by Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies.
Finding aids for the collections can also be accessed directly at the following URL: http://findingaids.princeton.edu/topics/t36.