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Guide to the Gloria Guardia Papers, ca. 1961, 1976

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Guardia, Gloria, 1940-
Title: Gloria Guardia Papers
Dates: ca. 1961, 1976
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft (2 boxes)
Abstract: Manuscripts in Spanish of her novels Tiniebla Blanca (1961), which was written during her time at Vassar College, and El Ultimo Juego (1976).
Forms of Materials: Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Gloria Guardia was born in Venezuela. Her father, Carlos Guardia, was a sanitary engineer well known in Latin America; her mother, Olga Zeledon, was from a prominent Nicaraguan family. While she was a student at Vassar, Gloria spent her junior year in Spain and wrote her first novel, Tiniebla Blanca, based on her experiences at Vassar. She graduated in 1963 and continued her education at Columbia University, where she earned an M.A. She also studied Philosophy at the Universidad Complutense and Spanish and Latin American Literature in the Instituto de Cultura Hispánica, Madrid. In 1966 she was the first woman to win both of Panama's national literary awards, the Ricardo Miro Prizes, for a novel, Despertor Sin Raices, and a critical essay. Another novel, El Ultimo Juego, was awarded the "Premio Centroamericano de Novela" by EDUCA (Editorial Universitaria Centroamericana) in 1976. Other publications include Cartas apócrifas (Tercer Mundo, Bogota, 1996), Libertad en llamas (Plaza & Janés, 1999), and Lobos al anochecer (Alfaguara, 2006). In 1984, Guardia was elected Fellow of the Panamanian Academy of Letters, and Associate Fellow of the Spanish Royal Academy of Letters in 1989, the Colombian Academy of Letters in 1997, and the Nicaraguan Academy of Letters in 2007. In 2006, during the 72° World Congress of International PEN held in Berlin, she was elected International Vice President of this prestigious world organization of writers, along with the Nobel Prize winners Toni Morrison and John Coetzee. As well as being a novelist, Guardia has worked as a literary critic and a journalist. She currently resides in Colombia (Bogota) and Panamá with her husband, Ricardo Alfaro.

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Scope and Content Note

Manuscripts in Spanish of her novels Tiniebla Blanca (1961), which was based on her experiences at Vassar College, and El Ultimo Juego (1976).

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Guardia, Gloria, 1940-

Organizations:

  • Vassar College--Students.

Subjects:

  • Literature, Spanish--Women authors.
  • Women authors.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, February 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gloria Guardia Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown, last updated November 2006.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Gloria Guardia de Alfaro.

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