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Princeton is well known for its extensive holdings in modern literature, especially British, American, and Latin American authors. Significant collections include the papers of Sylvia Beach, James Gould Cozzens, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Caroline Gordon, Richard Halliburton, Stanley Kunitz, Booth Tarkington, Allen Tate, Ridgely Torrence, Carl Van Doren, and a wide array of 19th- and 20th-century American authors and cultural figures. Also to be found are translations of Greek and Japanese drama by Ezra Pound; the correspondence of Hester Thrale Piozzi and Penelope Pennington; manuscripts and correspondence of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lewis Carroll, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anthony Trollope, and many other Victorian writers in the Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists and letters and manuscripts of Max Beerbohm, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Oscar Wilde, and many other British authors in the Robert Taylor Collection.

The Manuscripts Division includes correspondence of the Bloomsbury Group in the Raymond Mortimer Papers; selected papers of Aubrey Beardsley (including more than 130 drawings), William Cowper, George Cruikshank, Frank Harris, Arthur Symons, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Christina Rossetti; papers of Kimon Friar and Edmund Keeley, as well as selected correspondence and manuscripts of Odysseas Elytes, Nikos Kazantzakis, George Seferis, and other modern Greek authors. Researchers will encounter the papers of Latin American authors and cultural figures , including Reinaldo Arenas, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Julio Cortázar, Arcadio Díaz Quiñones, José Donoso, Jorge Edwards, Carlos Fuentes, Elena Garro, Manuel Mujica Láinez, Victoria and Silvina Ocampo (selected), María Rosa Oliver, Emir Rodríguez Monegal, and Mario Vargas Llosa; selected papers of Ernest Hemingway, Ford Madox Ford, Osip Mandelshtam, Thomas Mann, and other 20th-century authors; American theater collections, including the papers of Max Gordon, Otto Kahn, and Richard Schechner, as well as Luigi Pirandello's letters to Marta Abba and the scripts of Woody Allen. Worthy of special mention are 1,131 letters (1930-56) from T. S. Eliot to Emily Hale (the largest single collection of the poet's letters in the world), which are sealed until 1 January 2020.

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