Collection, 1898-1973 (bulk 1908-1964)

Marcel, Gabriel, 1889-1973


7 boxes (3 linear feet).
Arranged in three series: I. Works, 1902-1965; II. Correspondence, 1898-1973 (bulk 1947-1973); III. Miscellaneous, 1945-1973.
Collection comprises over fifty notebooks kept by Marcel containing philosophical thoughts, drama, an unpublished novel, literary criticism, several musical compositions, and his World War II diaries, together with some correspondence, and a large collection of clippings of newspaper articles by and about Marcel.
Among the published works represented in the notebooks are the philosophical works Journal Metaphysique (five parts of the whole), Etre et Avoir, Homo Viator, and Mystere de L'etre. Published drama represented in manuscript includes Le Quatuor en Fa Diese, Chapelle Ardente, Iconoclaste, L'horizon, and Le Regard Neuf. Other unpublished drama (three pieces of which were written by Marcel in his teens) is included. The novel bears the title L'invocation a la Nuit; the criticism is Notes sur Dorothy Richardson. Included in his notebooks are commentaries upon Henri Bergson, F.H. Bradley, Ferdinand Ebner, Rainer Maria Rilke, Josiah Royce, and Jean-Paul Sartre.
The correspondence series comprises primarily letters of condolence Marcel received upon the death of his wife in 1947, together with a group of letters he wrote Darwin Yarish between 1969 and 1973. Other correspondents include Genevieve Boegner, Jeanne Delhomme, Rosamond Lehmann, and Max Picard.
French philosopher, dramatist, and critic.
Limited photocopies can be provided upon receipt of written authorization from the copyright holder.
Manuscripts and correspondence in French; clippings in German, French, and other languages.
Unpublished finding aid available in the repository.
Forms part of the Carlton Lake Collection.

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