A Guide to the Papers of Ben Belitt, 1967-1978 Belitt, Ben, Papers 10155-j

A Guide to the Papers of Ben Belitt, 1967-1978

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Accession Number 10155-j


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Accession Number
Papers of Ben Belitt, 1967-1987
Physical Characteristics
This collection consists of 96 items.

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Ben Belitt, Accession # 10155-j, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased by the Library on June 24, 1988.

Alternative Form

Also available on microfilm on Manuscript Division reel #M-203.

Scope and Content Information

In this collection are 96 items, 1967-1978, chiefly correspondence of Norman Thomas di Giovanni and Ben Belitt concerning the latter's translations of verse by Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges for a book, Selected Poems: 1923-1968,edited by di Giovanni. On December 13, 1967, di Giovanni wrote to Belitt about the project of translating selected poems of Borges, requesting a few translations, as well as a small anthology of Spanish-American verse in which he planned to use Belitt's translations of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Neftali Ricardo Reyes). The following letters between them concern the translations and include notes and discussions on specific lines of verse. A letter, January 29, 1968, from Belitt to di Giovanni discusses Borges' poetry and the translating of his verse. There is also a letter, August 27, 1971, from Ellen E. Krieger, Permissions Editor of Delacorte Press, to Belitt, concerning the publication of Selected Poems: 1923-1968the following year. Correspondence in 1978 relates to di Giovanni's proposal for a translation of French novelist Stendhal (pseudonym of Marie Henri Beyle) to the National Endowment for the Humanities, and includes a copy of the proposal and an endorsement from Belitt.

Also included are several revisions of translated verse by Belitt, including "Amado Nervo," "Deaths of Buenos Aires," "Poem of the Gifts," "Rosas," and "To Francisco Lopez Merino." There is also a program of The Poetry Center in New York City for the reading of Jorge Luis Borges' verse by di Giovanni and others on April 8, 1968, as well as a typescript of an introduction for di Giovanni [by Belitt]; and, an article, "On Translating with Borges," by di Giovanni.