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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Oral History
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edouard Roditi Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1992
    Collection number: 644
    Creator: Roditi, Edouard
    Extent: 173 boxes (86.5 linear ft.) 12 oversize boxes 1 oversize folder
    Abstract: Edouard Roditi (1910-1992) was a surrealist author and poet. He published the first Surrealist manifesto in English, “The new reality,” in the Oxford outlook (1929). While continuing his literary interests, he worked for the U.S. government during World War II for the Office of War Information and also served as an interpreter for the State Department during the San Francisco conference which established the United Nations. His published books include Poems for F (1934), Oscar Wilde: a critical study (1947), Dialogues on art (1960), De l'homosexualité (1962), In a lost world (1978), and Thrice chosen (1981). Roditi also held teaching positions at various colleges and universities. The collection consists of material related to Roditi's life and career. Includes correspondence, original and photocopied manuscripts by Roditi and others, books, periodicals and other printed items by or about Roditi, documents, awards, photographs, memorabilia, and letters regarding family history and biographical information, and books from his library, including many inscribed by artists and writers.
    Language: English
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
    Letters by T.S. Eliot cannot be copied except with the permission of Mrs. T.S. Eliot.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Edouard Roditi, 1967-1991.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edouard Roditi Papers (Collection 644). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Édouard Roditi was born in Paris, June 6, 1910; he was educated in England at Elstree, Charterhouse, and Balliol, and received a BA from the University of Chicago; he became acquainted with T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, André Breton and other leading literary figures, while living in London, Paris, and Berlin (1929-37); he published the first Surrealist manifesto in English, “The new reality,” in the Oxford outlook (1929); while continuing his literary interests, he worked for the U.S. government during World War II for the Office of War Information and also served as an interpreter for the State Department during the San Francisco conference which established the United Nations; published books include Poems for F (1934), Oscar Wilde: a critical study (1947), Dialogues on art (1960), De l'homosexualité (1962), In a lost world (1978), and Thrice chosen (1981); Roditi also held teaching positions at various colleges and universities; in addition to his literary achievements, Roditi was known as a generous and encouraging mentor to young writers; he died in Spain on May 10, 1992.

    Chronology

    1910 Born 6 June, Paris
    1923 Attended Elstree School, Elstree, Herts, England
    1923-1926 Attended Charterhouse, Godalming, England
    1928-1929 Attended Balliol College, Oxford
    1928 Partner in Editions du Sagittaire, publisher of early Surrealists
    1928 In print at age 18, English translation of poems by Leon Paul Fargue published in Transition
    1929 Published first Surrealist manifesto in English, "The New Reality," in the Oxford Outlook .
    1929 First visited the United States at age 19
    1929-1937 Lived in London, Paris, Berlin
    1934 Roditi's poems published in Criterion
    1934 Poems For F published
    1937-1938 A.B. University of Chicago
    1939 Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
    1940 Teacher, University of Kansas City, Missouri
    1941 Prison Within Prison: Three Hebrew Elegies published
    1941 Began work for the U.S. Government, Office of War Information, Radio Division
    1942 Pieces Of Three published
    1945 Interpreter for U.S. Department of State, San Francisco Conference, establishing the United Nations
    1946-1951 Edited Das Lot, with Alain Bosquet and Alexander Koval
    1946 Interpreter, Nuremburg International Military Tribunal
    1947 Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study published
    1948 Reports Officer & Governmental Administrator, Office of Military Government for Germany of the U.S.
    1949 Poems 1928-1949 published
    1950 Dismissed as alleged security risk by U.S. Government
    1954 Established Paris residence
    1958 Expelled from France for two years as an alleged security risk, expulsion order rescinded in 1960.
    1960 Dialogues On Art published
    1961 ER's English translation of Yashar Kemal's Memed, My Hawk published
    1962 De L'homosexualite published
    1962 Les Plus Belles Lettres D'eugene Delacroix selected, edited and published by ER
    1966 Visiting professor, San Francisco State College. Anne Rice was one of his students.
    1968 New Hieroglyphic Tales: Prose Poems published
    1970 Visiting professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
    1972 Magellan Of The Pacific published
    1974 Emperor Of Midnight published
    1975 The Disorderly Poet published
    1977 Meetings With Conrad published, The Delights Of Turkey published
    1978 In A Lost World published
    1981 Thrice Chosen published, The Confessions Of A Saint published
    1983 New Old & New Testaments published
    1982 Etre Un Autre published
    1984 More Dialogues On Art published
    1985 ER's French translation of Horace Walpole's Hieroglyphic Tales published
    1987 ER's English translation of The Wandering Fool, poems by 13th century Turkish Dervish Gurus, published
    1987 Professor, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson
    1987 Oscar Wilde reprinted
    1989 Regents' Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles
    1992 Choose Your Own World published
    1992 Died on May 10 in Cadiz, Spain

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to the life and career of surrealist author and poet Édouard Roditi. Includes correspondence, original and photocopied manuscripts by Roditi and others, books, periodicals and other printed items by or about Roditi, documents, awards, photographs, memorabilia, and letters regarding family history and biographical information, and books from his library, including many inscribed by artists and writers. Contains correspondence with various artists and literary figures including W.H. Auden, Paul Bowles, T.S. Eliot, Christopher Isherwood, Josef Herman, Ned Rorem, and Oskar Tauschinski. Also includes corrections made by Eliot to early poems ca. 1928-30 written by Roditi.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence.
    2. Manuscripts by Édouard Roditi and others.
    3. Printed material by or about Édouard Roditi.
    4. Biographical and personal material.
    5. Books from the library of Édouard Roditi.

    Related Oral History

    The following oral history is available through the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research: UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1985. Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233680 

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Roditi, Édouard--Archives.
    Poets, American--20th Century--Archival resources.
    Authors, American--20th Century--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Correspondence.
    Manuscripts for publication.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • Barbey d'Aureyvilly, J. (Jules). Laocoon. Los Angeles: William & Victoria Dailey,
      Date: 1985
      . Introduction by Edouard Roditi (Special Collections call number: 1128454).
    • Breton, Andre. Young cherry trees secured against hares. [Ann Arbor]: University of Michigan Press,
      Date: [c.1946]
      . Translations by Edouard Roditi (Special Collections call number: PQ 2603 B75 J5 1946).
    • Camoes, Luis de. Endechas a barbara. [Lisbon]: Isaac Holly,
      Date: 1984
      . English translation by Edouard Copy no.173 of 250 (Special Colections call number: *PQ 9196 Z8 E 58 1984).
    • Eliasberg, Paul. Beim bau der Chinesischen Mauer. [California]: Ettan Press,
      Date: 1975
      . Foreword by Edouard Roditi (Copy in Art Library: X3 163 105).
    • Goodman, Paul. Pieces of threee / Meyer Liben, Paul Goodman, Edouard Roditi (Beacon series). [Harrington, Park, New York: 5 x 8 Press, 1942] (Special Collections call number: PS 3535 R61pi).
    • Hamri, Mohamed. Tales of Joujouka. Santa Barbara, California: Capra Press,
      Date: 1975
      . Guest editor: Edouard Roditi. Capra (Special Collections call number: GR 353.3 H3513).
    • Hernandez, Jose. Jose Hernandez-15 Fevrier-12 Mars 1977. Paris: Galerie Octave Negru,
      Date: 1977
      [?] (Special Collections call number: PS 3535 R61jo).
    • Levi, Primo. Shema: Collected poems of Primo Levi. London: Menard Press,
      Date: 1976
      . Introduction by Edouard Roditi (Special Collections call number: PS 509 B31 1976 L579s).
    • Picasso, Pablo. Toros y toreros. [New York]: H.N. Abrams,
      Date: [1961]
      (Art Library: *NC 1135 P587D71E).
    • Schmutzler, Robert. Art nouveau. New York: H.M. Abrams,
      Date: [c.1962]
      . English translation by Edouard Roditi (URL call number: *N 6494 N6535E).
    • Svevo, Italo. As a man grows older. [New York: New Directions,
      Date: 1949
      ?]. With an essay on Svevo by Edouard Roditi (URL call number: PQ 4841 S35S4E).
    • Waldemar-George. Hilaire Hiler and structuralism. New York: G. Wittenborn, [195-]. Translations by Edouard Roditi and Anna (Art Library call number: *ND 237 H547 W14).
    • Walpole, Horace. Contes hieroglyphiques. [Paris]: Librairie Jose Corti,
      Date: 1985
      . Collection Romantique 12. Translated and with (Special Collections call number: 113693).
    • Yasar Kemal. Memed, my hawk. London: Collins and Harville Press,
      Date: 1961
      . Translation by Edouard Roditi (URL call number: PL 250 Y22iE vol.1 1961).
    • Yasar Kemal. Memed, my hawk. New York: Pantheon Books,
      Date: 1961
      . Translation by Edouard Roditi (Special Collections call number: 109200 ROD).
    • Yasar, Kemal. Memed, my hawk. New York: Pantheon Books,
      Date: 1961
      . Translation by Edouard Roditi (URL call number: PL 250 Y22iE vol.1. 1961b).
    • Yunus Enre. The wandering fool: sufi poems of a thirteenth-century Turkish Dervish. Tiburon-Belvedere, California: Cadmus,
      Date: 1986
      . Translated from the Turkish by Edouard Roditi & (Special Collections call number: 117316 ROD).
    • Anonymous songs by Greek-Jewish women prisoners in Auschwitz. Santa Rosa, California: Clamshell Press,
      Date: 1984
      . Translated from the Modern Demotic Greek by, (Special Collections call number: *112937).
    • Wyndam Lewis et le vorticisme (Series: Cahiers pour un temps). [Clamecy]: Centre Georges Pompidou / Pandora Editions,
      Date: 1982
      . With an essay, (Special Collections call number: 107728 ROD).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Fabeltier. [Paris]: s.n.
      Date: [1981]
      . Poem by Edouard Roditi, illustration by Caragaleiro. One of 250 signed by Roditi (See: ORION).
    • Roditi, Edouard. In erdnaehe. [Koeln: Verlag Galerie der Speiegel, 1960]. With original drawings by Heinz Troekes (See ORION, UCLA Library).
    • Roditi, Edouard. “William Harnett: American necromantic.” In View (Series 5, no.4, pp.9, 19-20),
      Date: November 1945
      (No copy in collection. See Little Mag Collection 1000).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Oscar Wilde. New York: New Directions Publishing Corporation,
      Date: 1986
      (URL call number: PR 5824 R61o 1986).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Oscar Wilde: Dichter und Dandy. Munich: Verlag Herbert Kluger,
      Date: 1947
      (Clark Library call number: *PR 5823 R69G).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Meetings with Conrad. Los Angeles: Press of the Pegacycle Lady,
      Date: 1977
      (Clark Library call number: Press collection. Pegacycle Lady).
    • Roditi, Edouard. De l'homosexualite. Paris: Sedimo,
      Date: 1962
      (Special Collections call number: PS 3535 R61d).
    • Roditi, Edouard. The delights of Turkey. New York: New Directions Pub. Corporation,
      Date: 1977
      (URL call number: PS 3535 R61de).
    • Roditi, Edouard. The disorderly poet & other essays. Santa Barbara, California: Capra Press,
      Date: 1975
      . Capra chapbook series no.29 (Special Collections call number: PS 3535 R61di).
    • Roditi, Edouard. New hieroglyphic tales. San Francisco: Kayak Books,
      Date: c.1968
      . Drawings by Modesto Roldan (Special Collections call number: PS 509 B3R617n).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Magellano del Pacifico: La prima circumnavigazione del globo. [Milano]: Nursia,
      Date: 1977
      (Special Collections call number: PS 3535 R61nI 1977).
    • Roditi, Edouard. The temptations of a saint. [Rancho Santa Fe, California]: Ettan Press,
      Date: 1980
      . Two original etchings by Jose (Clark Library call number: Press collection. Folio Reagh).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Oscar Wilde, Dichter und Dandy. Muenchen: H. Kluger,
      Date: 1974
      (Clark Library call number: *PR 5823 R69G).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Dialogues on art. New York: Horizon Press,
      Date: [1961]
      (URL call number: ND 36 R61d).
    • Roditi, Edouard. In erdnaehe. Koeln: Galerie der Speigel,
      Date: 1960
      (Special Collections call number: *PS 3535 R61i).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Orphic love. New York: Hydra Group,
      Date: 1986
      (URL call number: PS 3535 R61o).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Thrice chosen. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press,
      Date: 1981
      (URL call number: PS 3535 R61t).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Oscar Wilde. Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions Books,
      Date: [1947]
      (URL call number: PR 5824 R61o).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Poems, 1928-1948. Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions Books,
      Date: [1949]
      (Special Collections call number: PS 3535 R61A17).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Poems for F (Copy 132 of 250). Paris: Editions du Sagittaire,
      Date: 1935
      (Special Collections call number: PS 3535 R61po).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Prison within prison, three elegies on Hebrew themes. Prairie City, Ilinois: The Press of James A. Decker,
      Date: 1941
      (Special Collections call number: PS 3535 R61p).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Dialogues on art. Santa Barbara: Ross-Erikson, 1980 (Special Collections call number: 108495 ROD).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Etre un autre. s.l.: s.n,
      Date: 1982
      . Illustratiosn by Manuel Cargaleiro (Special Collections call number: *106871 ROD).
    • Roditi, Edouard. More dialogues on art. Santa Barbara, California: Ross-Erikson,
      Date: 1984
      (Special Collections call number: 115074 ROD).
    • Roditi, Edouard. New old & new testaments. New York: Red Ozier Press,
      Date: 1983
      (Special Collections call number: 108582 ROD).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Orphic love. New York: Hydra Group,
      Date: 1986
      (Special Collections call number: 115889 ROD).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Oscar Wilde. New York: New Directions Publishing Corporation,
      Date: c.1986
      . New Directions paperbook 633. Enlarged and (Special Collections call number: 115794 ROD).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Oscar Wilde. Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions Books
      Date: [1947]
      (Special Collections call number: 104282).
    • Roditi, Edouard. Thrice chosen. Santa Barbara, California: Black Sparrow Press,
      Date: 1981
      (Special Collections call number: 105694 BSP, 3 copies).
    • Roditi, Edouard, interviewee. Inventions and imitations oral history transcript. [Los Angeles]: Oral History Program, UCLA,
      Date: c.1986
      . Interview by Richard Candida Smith (Special Collections call number: 300/264).