Accession MS COLL 00522 - Alberto Manguel Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00522

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Alberto Manguel Papers

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  • [197-]-2007 (Creation)

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47 boxes and 1 item (6 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, 2007.

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Consists of original draft manuscripts and translations of Manguel's commissioned articles, reviews and other projects for a variety of publications, as well as manuscripts, proofs and other related material for the Manguel-authored books Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography (published in 2007 by Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver), The Reading Diary, The Library At Night and The Bride of Frankenstein (published by the British Film Institute, 1997). It also includes material for several Manguel-edited anthologies - including The Penguin Book of Summer Stories (released 2007) - correspondence, both general and with his new literary agency, Agencia Schavelzon, and material for the book series, Cabinet de lecture, which Manguel edits for the French publisher Actes Sud. The collection also includes material from Timothy Findley (and his partner William Whitehead), primarily correspondence, but also two books on whose inside covers Findley wrote notes for two novels he was beginning.

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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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