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Eliot Weinberger papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1600

Content Description

This collection consists of writings, correspondence, printed material, video cassettes, audiocassettes, compact discs, digital files, and other papers by or relating to Eliot Weinberger. The writings document Weinberger’s work as an essayist and literary critic, his work as translating authors including Octavio Paz, Beidao, Jorge Luis Borges, and Vicente Huidobro, and his work as an editor of literary anthologies such as the New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry (New Directions, New York, 2003). Correspondence includes extensive literary correspondence with poets and authors including Susan Howe, Clayton Eshleman, C.D. Wright, Forrest Gander, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Marjorie Welish, George and Mary Oppen, and others. Correspondence also documents Weinberger’s work on the literary magazine Montemora, his longstanding relationship with the publisher New Directions, and with other magazines, publishers, and organizations. Printed ephemera largely consists of promotional materials for readings, talks, conferences, festivals, and other programs involving Weinberger or authors with whom he worked. Audiovisual materials document performances or appearances by Weinberger or others. The bulk of the digital files consists of email, writings, and research materials.


  • circa 1950-2020


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 266-267 (audiocassettes and videocassettes): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 268-269 (born digital): Restricted fragile. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Eliot Weinberger Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heris and assigns. Fur further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Granary Books, Inc. on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund and the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2021.


The collection is organized into five groupings: I. Writings, circa 1950-2020. II. Correspondence, 1956-2020. III. Printed ephemera, 1960-2020. IV. Audiovisual materials, 1989-2006. V. Computer media, 2001-2007.


103.92 Linear Feet (269 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Eliot Weinberger

Eliot Weinberger (born 1949) is an American essayist, translator, and editor. Weinberger co-founded the literary magazine Montemora (1975-1982), and served as the primary literary translator for Octavio Paz and Beidao, in addition to translating work by Jorge Luis Borges, Vicente Huidobro, and others. Weinberger’s writings span political commentary and literary criticism, and appear in books (many published by New Directions), the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. He has edited a number of anthologies, including the New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry (New Directions, New York, 2003).
Guide to the Eliot Weinberger Papers
by Beinecke staff
August 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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