Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Christ mss., ca. 2001-2006, consist primarily of notes and drafts of translations from the Spanish made by Ronald Christ, Professor Emeritus of English. Christ has published numerous articles on art and literature in addition to his work as a literary translator. He founded Lumen Books as an outlet for architectural and literary writing, especially in translation, and in 1998 was awarded the Eugene M. Kayden National Translation Award for his translation of Eltit's E. Luminata. Christ has also served as the president of PEN New Mexico.

A folder list follows.

Acquired: 2004, 2006

Folder List

Folders 1-2: Eltit, Diamela. Digital Barking. Translated by Helen Lane and Ronald Christ. Correspondence, Spanish text (2 copies); final translation, 11 p.

Folders 3-16: Eltit, Diamela. Custody of the Eyes. Translated by Helen Lane and Ronald Christ. Original Spanish text, including Christ's working copy (2 folders); drafts and queries (2 folders); early draft; "Notes on HL's corrections of RC's translation of..."; late draft (incomplete); final (?) draft, with corrections, 27 Oct. 2002, 175 p.; various proof stages, all from 2005 (5 folders)

Folders 17-19: Garavito, Fernando. "Exercises in Solitude"; "On Writing and Exile"; miscellaneous – email re: Garavito.

Folders 20-26: Ibargüengoitia. Kill the Lion. Correspondence; various drafts, including "final" dated July 25, 2005, revised by Barbara Riley, 13 Aug. 2005.

Folder 27: Kodama, Maria. The Dinosaur. Correspondence (email); first draft

Folder 28: Miscellaneous

Addition: Helen Lane's Phi Beta Kappa pin with her maiden name "Overholt." Located in the Manuscripts department vertical file.

Collection size: 42 items

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