Yves Navarre literary manuscripts and letters, 1959-1982

2398

Collection Overview

Title:
Yves Navarre literary manuscripts and letters
Dates (Inclusive):
1959-1982
Creator:
Navarre, Yves
Abstract:
Yves Henri Michel Navarre, French novelist and playwright, died of an overdose of barbiturates on 24 January 1994.
Abstract:
The collection contains letters to Yves Navarre from his friends and publishers, and from Navarre to John Robert Kaiser, Penn State librarian, concerning his manuscripts, programs and a poster for some of his plays, and holograph and typescript manuscript
Collection Number:
2398
Size:
4 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Yves Henri Michel Navarre, French novelist and playwright, was born 24 September 1940 in Condom, Gascony, France. He earned degrees in Spanish, English, and modern literature from the Universite de Lille III in 1961 and 1964 and attended Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord in 1964. Navarre died of an overdose of barbiturates in Paris, France, on 24 January 1994.

He began submitting manuscripts for publication in 1958 and his first novel, Lady Black, was published in 1971, followed by Evolene (1972), Les Loukoums (1973), and others each year through 1984 when he suffered a stroke. He resumed publishing in 1986 until 1991. Navarre received France's top literary award, the Concourt Prize in 1980 for Le Jardin d'Acclimatation (The Zoological Garden) and in 1992 the Academie Francaise Prize for the body of his work.

Navarre is noted for "his treatment of mature themes, including homosexual relations, spiritual imprisonment, and the mystical qualities of love. His approach to such topics is formal rather than sensationalized." He told Contemporary Authors that his "novel Biographie is the key to all my other novels and plays."

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Arrangement

The collection is organized into two series: Personal and Works.

Arranged by series and thereunder by type of work (novels, plays, poems, etc.), then alphatbetically by title of the work.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Yves Navarre Literary manuscripts and letters, RBM 2398, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographic

Personal Name(s)

  • Navarre, Yves

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General note

The collection consists primarily of holograph and typescript manuscripts for some of Navarre's published and unpublished novels and plays and photocopied newspaper clippings about Navarre and his work, plus poems, a pamphlet, a film script, a few programs and posters for some of his plays, photographs of Navarre (including nudes) at home and on vacation, and letters to John Robert Kaiser, Penn State librarian, who solicited the manuscripts from the author. The manuscripts represent his output from 1970 to 1976 while the letters from friends and publishers range from 1959-1982 and those to Kaiser range from 1973 to 1982.

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