Yehuda Amichai papers, 1929-1999.


Yehuda Amichai papers, 1929-1999.

The Yehuda Amichai Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, journals, photographs, printed and audio-visual materials, and personal papers documenting the life and work of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. The collection spans the years 1929 to 1999, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1960s to late 1990s. Series I, Correspondence, consists chiefly of single letters and small groups of incoming personal and professional correspondence. The series features correspondence with writers, editors, translators, publishers, and literary scholars and critics, as well as prominent Israeli and Jewish cultural and political figures. Amichai travelled regularly for readings, conferences, and other events in the 1980s and 1990s, and there is also considerable event-related correspondence with various academic, cultural, and political institutions. Correspondents in the series include the cultural and political figures Teddy Kollek, Ehud Olmert, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Moshe Safdie, and Zalman Shazar, and the authors David Albahari, John Ashbery, Lynne Reid Banks, Breyten Breytenbach, Paul Celan, Rita Dove, Martin Gregor-Dellin, Patricia Hampl, John Hollander, Ted Hughes, Erica Jong, Patrick Joseph Kavanagh, Naomi Shihab Nye, Cynthia Ozick, Linda Pastan, Anne Sexton, Alan Sillitoe, Marin Sorescu, and others. Israeli authors include Yigal Allon, David Avidan, Amos Oz, Meir Shalev, and Anton Shammas. Letters are chiefly in Hebrew and English, with some German. Series II, Writing of Yehuda Amichai, is organized into nine subseries: Articles and Essays; Children's Books; Forewords and Introductions; Interviews; Novels; Plays; Poetry; Speeches, Lectures, and Addresses; and Other Writings. The majority of the manuscripts are holograph and typescript drafts in Hebrew, with a significant minority in English. The poetry subseries features drafts for collections and individual poems. Amichai's major collections from Me-ahore kol zeh mistater osher gadol (Behind All This Lies a Great Happiness) are well represented with multiple drafts of poems. The translation section consists chiefly of translations of Amichai's work by others, though translations by Amichai, from Hebrew into English, can also be found. The translations include examples of Amichai's work in over fifteen different languages. Series III, Writings of Others, contains drafts and printed versions of work by others. The bulk of the writings in this series are about Amichai and Hebrew and Israeli literature and poetry. Presumably most of these works, which include reviews and articles, as well as some poems and theses, were sent to Amichai as a courtesy. Most of the work is in English, Hebrew, and German. Series IV, Journals, is arranged chronologically by date. The journals, written in Hebrew and German, date from 1954 to 1998, and include notes, diary entries, drafts and draft fragments for poems, and ideas for poems. Series V, Photographs, is organized into four subseries: Yehuda Amichai, Events and Trips, Other People, and Other. There are portraits and snapshots of Yehuda Amichai alone and with others dating from 1929 to 1996. The series includes many photographs from literary events and reading tours, and of other writers: John Berryman, Breyten Breytenbach, J. M. Coetzee, Ted Hughes, Octavio Paz, Vasko Popa, Meir Shalev, Kazuko Shiraishi, Elizabeth Swados, and Andrei Voznesenski, among others. Series VI, Printed Materials, is organized into twelve subseries: Announcements; Awards; Bibliographies; Brochures, Pamphlets, and Promotional Material; Business Cards; Catalogs; Clippings; Conference and Event Material; Periodicals; and Other. The printed materials in the collection document Amichai's public life from the 1950s to late 1990s. Conference and event material, for example, consists of printed ephemera relating to literary events attended by Amichai from the late 1960s to late 1990s. The clippings and periodicals in the series contain work by and about Amichai. Here work by Amichai consists chiefly of printed versions of poems in Hebrew and in translation. Works about or mentioning Amichai range from brief references to literary analysis. Series VII, Audio-Visual Materials, is organized into two subseries, Audio Recordings and Moving Image Material. There are original and commercial audio recordings of Amichai and others reading his work, and original and commercial video recordings of various events, including award ceremonies, interviews, and readings. Series VIII, Personal Papers, includes addresses and phone numbers, artwork and drawings, biographical material, calendars, financial, legal, and medical records, lists of poems, and schedules and itineraries.

56.56 linear feet (104 boxes) + 9 broadside folders.







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