Accession MS COLL 00425 - Alberto Manguel Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00425

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Alberto Manguel Papers

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  • 1980-ongoiing (Creation)

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30 boxes (8 metres)

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(1948-)

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Alberto Manguel was born in Buenos Aires in 1948, and is now a Canadian citizen. After spending his childhood in Israel, where his father was the Argentine ambassador, he attended school in Argentina. In 1968 he left for Europe and, with the exception of one year back in Buenos Aires where he worked as a journalist for the newspaper La Nacion, he lived in Spain, France, England and Italy earning an itinerant living as a reader for various publishing companies. In the mid-seventies he was offered (and accepted) a job as assistant editor at Les Editions du Pacifique, a publishing company in Tahiti. In 1982, after the publication of The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (written with Gianni Guadalupi) he moved to Canada. He has edited a dozen anthologies of short stories on themes ranging from fantastic literature to erotic literature, and he has written several books of fiction and non-fiction. Among them, A History of Reading, translated into over thirty languages, Into the Looking-Glass Wood, Reading Pictures, and the novels News From A Foreign Country Came and Stevenson Under the Palm Trees. He contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines around the world.

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Gift of Alberto Manguel, 2004.

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Includes drafts, notes, galleys, correspondence and research related to: With Borges; Stevenson Under the Palm Trees; Solitary Vices; la leyenda dorada; Chesterton; Lamentations; le poète mourant (Henrich Heine); translations and different issues of A History of Reading; other authors' work; reviews written by Manguel for various publications; adaptations for CBC; essays; videotapes; reel-to-reel audio tapes; CD-ROM; audio cassettes; Bestiario (special book with loose pages in handmade silk box by Spanish artist Salvador Retana, with text by Manguel; only 10 in total made by the artist); Christmas and birthday cards; ink, pencil and watercolour sketches and drawings by Manguel.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request

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