Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Kessler mss., 1966-2009, consist primarily of manuscripts, drafts, correspondence and other material reflecting the creative life of Stephen Kessler (b. 1947), poet, translator, essayist and editor. He is the author of eight books and chapbooks of original poetry, most recently Burning Daylight (2009); and fourteen books of literary translation, most recently Desolation of the Chimera: Last Poems by Luis Cernuda (2009). His essays and articles have appeared in dozens of periodicals; since 1999 he has been the editor of The Redwood Coast Review. His translations include works by Pablo Neruda, Vicente Aleixandre, Julio Cortazar, Mahmoud Darwish, Raymond Queneau, and Ernesto Cardenal, among others. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Lambda Literary Award for his translation of Written in Water: The Prose Poems of Luis Cernuda. His translations of Cernuda have also been recognized with the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award (2010) for Desolation of the Chimera: Last Poems by Luis Cernuda and the PEN Center USA Translation Awards (2016) for Forbidden Pleasures: New Selected Poems 1924-1949 by Luis Cernuda. His translation Save Twilight: Selected Poems by Julio Cortázar won the Northern California Book Award (2017).

An inventory and finding aid are available.

Acquired: 2008-2009

Collection size: 4,000 items

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