Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Polack mss., ca. 1964-1999, consist of the papers of translator Philip Polack. His areas of specialization included Catalan and Spanish literature. His translations offer penetrating insights into the translator's craft, tracing the interrelationship of author, publisher and translator.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; III. Miscellaneous.

Correspondents include Camilo José Cela, Margaret Jull Costa, Miguel Delibes, Salvador Espriu, and various publishers. Also included among the correspondence are letters to and from Polack and various correspondents regarding his translation of Diálogo dos Montes. Writings include various drafts of Polack's translation of Soledades, by Luis de Góngora, as well as drafts and proofs of works by Margaret Jull Costa, Luis de Góngora, Rehuel Jessurun, Miquel Martí i Pol, Toni Turull, Federico García Lorca, Maria del Mar, Ausiàs March, Eduard Mörilee, Joan Manuel Serrat. Miscellaneous includes ideas for illustrations for works translated by Polack, as well as obituary notices for Toni Turull.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 2002, 2009

Collection size: 710 items

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