M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

Business, Literary, and Miscellany Collection

Finding Aid for the
PAPERS, 1954-1964


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Finding Aid Compiled by
Amy C. Schindler
May 2006
Jodi Boyle
September 2011

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935

VOLUME: .4 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: 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.

ACCESS: The contents of the diary "My Inmost Conscience" are closed until their publication by the State University of New York 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.”

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder List

Gonzalo Torrente Ballester
Biographical Sketch

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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. [1]The author died on January 27, 1999.

Gonzalo Torrente Ballester's novels:
* Javier Mariño (1943)
* El golpe de estado de Guadalupe Limón (1946)
* Ifigenia (1950)
* El Señor llega (1957) - Novel prize of the Fundación 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 ensueños (1982)
* Quizá 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
* Crónica del rey pasmado (1989)
* Las islas extraordinarias (1991)
* La muerte del decano (1992)
* La novela de Pepe Ansúrez (1994)
* La boda de Chon Recalde (1995)
* Los años indecisos (1997)
* Doménica (1999)


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1. http://libguides.library.albany.edu/gtb. Accessed on September 16, 2011. Please see the following additional web sites for information about Gonzalo Torrente Ballester: Fundación Gonzalo Torrente Ballester at http://www.fgtb.org/ and Gonzalo Torrente Ballester. Pagina Oficial at http://www.clubcultura.com/clubliteratura/clubescritores/torrente/.

Gonzalo Torrente Ballester
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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. Under terms of an agreement with Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, "My Inmost Conscience," cannot be examined until ten years after the author's death. All sections related to the author's children are restricted until after their deaths. Access to all other material in this collection is unrestricted.

Gonzalo Torrente Ballester
Box and Folder List

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Box 1

1. "My Inmost Conscience," 1954-1964

Box 2

1. Don Juan, Chapter 1, 1962
2. Don Juan, Chapter 2, 1962
3. Don Juan, Chapter 3, 1962
4. Don Juan, Chapter 4, 1962
5. Don Juan, Chapter 5, 1962
6. Don Juan, version reviewed and cut by Spanish official censors, Undated

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