Gonzalo Torrente Ballester Papers, 1954-1964
- This collection contains manuscripts and a journal written by the Spanish novelist Gonzalo Torrente Balleste.
- 0.4 cubic ft.
- Spanish; Castilian .
- Preferred citation:
- Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester Papers, 1954-1964. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Torrente Ballester Papers).
Access and Use
- Conditions Governing Access:
The contents of the diary "My Inmost Conscience" are closed until their publication by the University at Albany and cannot be examined. All sections of the diary related to the author's children are restricted until after their deaths. Access to all other material in this collection is unrestricted.
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- Scope and Content:
The collection includes three manuscripts written by the Spanish novelist and journalist Gonzalo Torrente Ballester while living in Madrid during the period 1947-1964. "Mi fuero interno" ("My Inmost Conscience") is a three-volume journal kept from December 26, 1954, to June 7, 1964 in Franco's Spain. There are two manuscript versions of the novel Don Juan, one of which was reviewed and cut by Spanish official censors, but was nevertheless published without deletions in Barcelona in 1963. The undated Don Juan typescript in Box 2, Folder 6 (the one reviewed by censors) is a complete manuscript, while the second Don Juan typescript is divided by chapters in Box 2, Folders 1-5, and dated 1962.
- Biographical / Historical:
Gonzalo Torrente Ballester was born on June 13, 1910, in Ferrol, Spain. He was a writer who published novels, journalism, essays, and plays. In 1939, Torrente Ballester moved to Santiago to work in a university post. He joined in protests in favour of striking Asturian miners in 1962, and was expelled from his teaching post at the university as a result. In the mid-1960s he had a number of problems with government censors. Torrente Ballester left Spain for a post at the State University of New York at Albany, and was a Distinguished Professor of Spanish Literature at the University at Albany from 1966 to 1972. After his return to Spain, he was increasingly celebrated, and was elected as a member of the Spanish Royal Academy in 1975 and awarded the premier Spanish literary prize, the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, in 1985. The author died on January 27, 1999.
Gonzalo Torrente Ballester's novels: Javier Mario (1943); El golpe de estado de Guadalupe Limn (1946); Ifigenia (1950); El Seor llega (1957) - Novel prize of the Fundacin Juan March; Donde da la vuelta el aire (1960); La Pascua triste (1962); Don Juan (1963); Off-Side (1968); La Saga/Fuga de J.B. (1972) - Critics' Prize and City of Barcelona Prize; Fragmentos de Apocalipsis (1977); La isla de los jacintos cortados (1980) - National Literature Prize; Dafne y ensueos (1982); Quiz nos lleve el viento al infinito (1984); La princesa durmiente va a la escuela (1985); La rosa de los vientos (1985); Yo no soy yo, evidentemente (1987); Filomeno, a mi pesar (1988) - Planet Prize; Crnica del rey pasmado (1989); Las islas extraordinarias (1991); La muerte del decano (1992); La novela de Pepe Ansrez (1994); La boda de Chon Recalde (1995); Los aos indecisos (1997); Domnica (1999).
Please see the following additional web sites for information about Gonzalo Torrente Ballester: University at Albany Library Guide at http://libguides.library.albany.edu/gtb; Fundacin Gonzalo Torrente Ballester at https://www.facebook.com/fundaciongtb.
- Acquisition information:
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester in January 1968.
The collection has no series, arranged chronologically.
- Processing information:
First processed and described in 2006 by Amy C. Schindler. Updated in 2011 by Jodi Boyle.