Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Manuel Ramos Otero Papers, circa 1920s-2007, bulk 1967-1992

Series I: Manuscripts and Publishing, circa 1960-2002, undated

Series I: Manuscripts and Publishing consists primarily of material related to articles and books written by Manuel Ramos Otero, dating from the early 1970s through 1990. This series contains material from Otero's published and unpublished written works, and highlights the many stages of his writing process. The series contains books, notebooks, manuscripts, publications, translations and unpublished poetry and short stories by Otero. A majority of the manuscripts in this collection are Otero's short stories and are annotated by Otero. These manuscripts are organized alphabetically. Very few of them are dated. Many of the manuscripts were originally published in Cupey or El Mundo. Manuscripts for theatrical pieces are located in Series V.

The series includes extensive materials related to three of Otero's published works: Página en blanco y staccato (1987); El libro de la muerte (1985); and Invitación a polvo (1991), each of which comprises its own subseries. The collection does not include Otero's notes on his only published novel, La novelabingo. However, the collection does contain manuscripts of all of Otero's published works, including La novelabingo.

The series also includes manuscripts of poems and essays written by prominent Puerto Rican literary figures, which can be found in Subseries I.5: Manuscripts by various authors. Some of the authors include Ana Lydia Vargas, Juan Gelpí, Rosario Ferré, Magalí García Ramis, Nicholasa Mohr, and Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. While some of these manuscripts were sent to Otero during his lifetime, others appear to have been inserted into the collection after his death. The subseries also includes several audio recordings and one videocassette of these authors reading their works.

Finally, this series contains clippings and full issues of newspapers, literary journals, and other publications that reproduce or reference the works of Otero and his literary circle.

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Subseries I.1: Manuscripts, 1972-1990, undated

Box 1 Folder 1 "67 después de Christian", undated

Box 1 Folder 2 "Alrededor del mundo con la señorita Mambresi", undated

Box 1 Folder 3 "An Urban Landscape" anthology, undated

Box 1 Folder 4 "An Urban Landscape" anthology, 1988-1989

With correspondence and application for project funding.

Box 1 Folder 5 "Bola de fuegos", undated

Box 1 Folder 6 "Ceremonia de bienes y raíces", undated

Box 1 Folder 7 Concierto de metal para un recuerdo y otras orgías de soledad, undated

Box 1 Folder 8 Essay, "Después de la explosión", 1972

Box 1 Folder 9 "Dust in Love" , undated

With original publication.

Box 1 Folder 10 "El ángel de Nueva York", 1990

Box 17 "El cuento de la mujer del mar" Typed Ms., 28 January 1977

Manuel Otero's only short novel. This copy was sent to Professor Miguel Arisa as one of only a few sent to close friends before it was published.


Box 1 Folder 11-12 "El cuento de la mujer del mar", undated

Box 1 Folder 13 "El cuento de la mujer del mar" English translation: "The Story of the Woman in the Sea", undated

Box 1 Folder 14 "Enfermidades incuribles" first chapter: "La fea Otero", undated

Box 1 Folder 15 "Enfermedades incuribles", undated

Box 1 Folder 16 "En la orilla amarilla de la muerte", 1977

Box 1 Folder 17 "Funeral", undated

Box 1 Folder 18 "Happy Birthday", undated

Box 1 Folder 19 "Hollywood Memorabilia", undated

Box 1 Folder 20 Anthology with other authors, including "Hollywood Memorabilia", undated

Box 1 Folder 21 "Hollywood Memorabilia" in English, with translation by Gregory Kolovakos, undated

Box 1 Folder 22 Summary for novella called La esfinge y el infierno, undated

Box 1 Folder 23 "La casa clausurada", undated

Box 1 Folder 24 "La heredera", undated

Box 1 Folder 25 "La hora de ángel", undated

Box 1 Folder 26 Manuscript and original publication of "La Luna Ultrajada", 1982

Box 1 Folder 27 "Las mariposas de alambre" , 1976

Ultimately included in Cuentos de buena tinta.

Box 1 Folder 28 "Las nubes azules en los ojos de la abeja reina", undated

Box 1 Folder 29 "La piel de Paul", 1975

with original publication of the piece in En Rojo

Box 1 Folder 30 "La última plena que bailó Luberza", undated

Box 1 Folder 31 "Loca de la locura" with original publication; also published in English and translated by Amy Prince, 1980

Box 1 Folder 32 "Noches de asma", undated

Box 1 Folder 33 Novelabingo, 1975

Box 1 Folder 34 Novelabingo, undated

Box 1 Folder 35 First and second version of "Melancholia oceana," with a handwritten note by Juan Gelpí, undated

Box 2 Folder 1 Short story collection, Orgasmos prohibidos, undated

Box 2 Folder 2 "Peregrinación por un eclipse", undated

Box 2 Folder 3 "Regreso al mar de las sirenas...", undated

Box 2 Folder 4 Short story collection Ritos cancelados, undated

Box 2 Folder 5 "Romance de Clara Gardenia Otero", undated

Box 2 Folder 6 "Sacrificio en Venezia" with original publication from Sin Nombre, 1972

Box 2 Folder 7-8 Tales From an Urban Landscape, 1976

Box 2 Folder 9 "Tren que no pasa por la vía" with different title: "Miércoles de cenizas", undated

Box 2 Folder 10 "Vida ejemplar del esclavo y el señor" and photocopies of original publication, undated

Box 2 Folder 11 "Viernes santo", undated

Box 2 Folder 12 "Western Union" with original publication from Tlaloc, 1975

Box 2 Folder 13 Untitled poem, undated

Box 2 Folder 14 Various short stories, undated

"Christian 67," "El carnaval de la despedida melancólica," "El secreto," "El hombre que se fue..." and others.

Box 2 Folder 15 Various short stories, including "Cuento de la mujer del mar," "El tren que no pasa por la vía," and others, undated

Box 2 Folder 16 Various poems, including "Las frutas luminosas" and "Los 8 poemas sicilianos", 1976

Box 2 Folder 17 Various poems, undated

Box 2 Folder 18 Various short stories, undated

Box 2 Folder 19 Various writings, undated

Box 2 Folder 20 Manuscripts of Otero's famous works, such as Página en blanco y staccato, "La Otra isla de Puerto Rico" and others, undated

Box 2 Folder 21 Various handwritten drafts to short stories, poems and essays, undated

Box 2 Folder 22 Various notes for short stories and poems, undated

Box 2 Folder 23 Various poems, undated

Box 2 Folder 24 Book with pictures, drawings, and writings, with another unidentified person's writing, 1977

Includes quite a bit on "El Cuento de la mujer del mar"

Box 2 Folder 25 Writings given to Asela Rodríguez de Laguna by Otero, undated

Including one copy of El libro de la muerte.

Box 2 Folder 26 Notebook containing Otero's draft of biography of Rosario Ferré (with newspaper clippings), undated

Box 2 Folder 27 Various short stories with edits, undated

Box 2 Folder 28 Translation of Voyage of Discovery by Otero, 1986, 1990

Subseries I.2: Página en blanco y staccato, 1987, undated

Box 3 Folder 1 Unedited poems, with many notes from Juan Gelpí; some of the poems were published in Página en blanco y staccato, undated

Box 3 Folder 2 Poems published under different titles in Página en blanco y staccato, according to Vanessa Droz and Juan Gelpí; English translation of Pagina en blanco by Joe Chadwick, undated

Box 3 Folder 3 Página en blanco y staccato manuscript, undated

Box 3 Folder 4 Clippings about Página en blanco y staccato, 1987

Box 3 Folder 5 Press release for Pagina en blanco y staccato and original invoices for Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero, 1987

Box 15 Ramos Otero, Manuel. Página en blanco y staccato. Madrid: Editorial Playor, 1987

Inscribed by Otero to his sister, Amelia.

Subseries I.3: El libro de la muerte, 1982-1985, undated

Box 3 Folder 6 Manuscripts of El libro de la muerte, undated

Box 3 Folder 7 El libro de la muerte-change of title, undated

Box 3 Folder 8-10 El libro de la muerte, undated, 3 folders

Box 3 Folder 11 Manuscripts of poems published in El libro de la muerte, undated

Box 3 Folder 12 Manuscript of El libro de la muerte, with inscription from Otero to Asela Rodriguez de Laguna and Elpidio, and related letter, 1982-1983

Box 3 Folder 13 Clippings and pamphlets about El libro de la muerte, 1985

Box 3 Folder 14-15 "Fuegos fúnebres", undated

Box 3 Folder 16 "Fuegos fúnebres" with note from Juan Gelpí, undated

Box 15 Ramos Otero, Manuel. El libro de la muerte. San Juan: Waterfront Press, 1985

Inscribed to Otero's sister Amelia.

Subseries I.4: Invitación a polvo, 1991-1994, undated

Box 3 Folder 17-18 Invitación a polvo manuscript, undated

Box 15 Ramos Otero, Manuel. Invitación al polvo. Madrid: Editorial Plaza Mayor, 1991

Box 3 Folder 19 Correspondence with Otero's sister, Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero, about Invitación a polvo, 1991-1994

Box 3 Folder 20 Articles and clippings about Invitación a polvo, 1992-1993

Subseries I.5: Manuscripts and recordings by various authors, 1978-1994, undated

Box 3 Folder 21 "Tres amores," with inscription by Jose Antonio Avila Hardoin, 1968

Box 12 Item 17 Interview with the members of the photography group En Foco, including Adál (Adál Alberto Maldonado) and Geno Rodriguez, 1974 May 2, 1 open reel audiotapes

The Institute of Contemporary Hispanic Art invited 12 photographers to photograph in New York and in Puerto Rico for an exhibit called "Dos Mundos" (Two Worlds of the Puerto Rican). The show focused on Puerto Rican life on the island and in the barrios of New York. It opened at the New York Cultural Center, and then traveled to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Juan, P.R.

The recording starts with an interview with Adál Maldonado, one of the photographers whose work was included in the group show. He discusses documentary vs. art photography; Jorge Luis Borges as an inspiration; "espiritismo" as Puerto Rican surrealism; discussion of the theme of the "Dos Mundos" ("Two Worlds") exhibition.

Another photographer (not identified) and the show's organizer (possibly, Geno Rodriguez) are interviewed about their creative process, composition, personal identity, the Americanization of the island, the state of the arts in Puerto Rico, and the (controversial) arrangements for the show's exhibition in Puerto Rico.

The interviewer initially speaks mostly in Spanish with some English but switches to English; the subject's answers are mostly in English with some Spanish.

Box 12 Item 18-19 Interview with Argentinian novelist Manuel Puig, circa 1974, 2 open reel audiotapes

Part 1: Beginning of interview. Writing movies in the form of novels; three novels with cinematography; The Buenos Aires Affair, a detective novel; popular literary genres; first chapter was the hardest to write (he wrote up to 5 versions); female characters; novels vs. short story; insomnia in chapter 11; why write; Hollywood.

Part 2: The novel vs. journalism; novel writing for a wider audience, a more popular genre; Julio Cortazar; sexual repression is a tool of capitalism; language usage ("cursileria"); class distinction in the Americas; "Boquitas Pintadas"; cinema and moviemaking; book covers; life in New York; life in Puerto Rico; women's movement in Argentina; sexual liberation; Max Stirner; Wilhelm Reich. End of interview.

Box 3 Folder 22 "Puerto Ricans in the US: The Adopted Citizen" by Nicholasa Mohr, with various articles about her, 1978

Box 3 Folder 23 Poetry from Micheal Redmond to Otero, 1983

Mailed to Otero.

Box 3 Folder 24 "Historia y ficcion; mito y utopia en el mundo caribeño" by Egardo Rodriguez Julia and "Para narrar el tiempo escondido: Historia y ficcion en la narrativa puertorriquena contempoanea" by Magalí García Ramis, 1987

Both included in an anthology.

Box 12 Item 10 Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones lecture at Lehman College, 1988 April 21, 1 videocassettes (VHS); VHS tape labeled "Rodríguez Juliá." This is not a lecture by or about Rodriguez Julia, although Otero notes that Rodriguez Julia will be the guest speaker at the following week's lecture.

Lecture series of the Department of Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College. Guest lecturer: Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones, speaking on the national discourse in the Hispanic Caribbean, Antonio Pedreira, and Ramiro Guerra Sánchez.

Box 12 Item 5-9 Author interviews by Otero for unpublished anthology, 1988 June, 5 audiocassettes

Interviews of Magali García Ramis, Ana Lydia Vega, Olga Nolla, and Edgardo Sanabria Santaliz.

Box 3 Folder 25 Various poems not written by Otero, 1994

Box 3 Folder 26 Sleeping Beauty by Rosario Ferré, undated

Box 3 Folder 27 "Cloud Cover Caribbean" by Ana Lydia Vega, undated

Box 3 Folder 28 Essay about Otero written by Juan Gelpí, undated

Box 3 Folder 29 Various writings about Otero, by Juan Gelpí, undated

Box 3 Folder 30 "Tres nocturnos de Nueva York de Clara Lair," with note to Otero, undated

Box 3 Folder 31 Poems dedicated to Otero, undated

With illegible note by Juan Gelpí.

Box 3 Folder 32 Poem, "El abanico de aspas," with an epigraph by Otero, also inscribed to Otero by author, undated

Box 3 Folder 33-34 Various manuscripts to be included in an anthology, undated

The Untelling; "The Examplary Life of the Slave and Master"; "Macaroons" by Olga Nolla; "The Gullible's Cookbook" by Carmen Lugo Filippi; "Milagros, Mercurio Street"; "Coconut Kisses" by Olga Nolla; and others. Also "Sanabria"; "The Glass Box" translated by Rosario Ferre with handwritten note by her to Otero; "Macaroons" by Olga Nolla.

Box 3 Folder 35 Untitled anthology, incorporating Novelabingo (about halfway through), undated

Box 4 Folder 1 Poem by an unidentified author, undated

Box 12 Item 16 Poetry workshop, undated, 1 open reel audiotapes

Poets recite verses and receive feedback from the larger group. The discussion goes from specific uses of language to larger questions about the inspiration of poetry, the poet's inner voice and the use of poetry in society. Poetry readings are in English and Spanish; all discussion is in Spanish.

Subseries I.6: Publications and clippings, circa 1960-2002, undated

Box 4 Folder 2 Folder belonging to Otero's mother, Carmen Ana Otero, of Otero's early publications, circa 1960

Box 4 Folder 3 Clippings about Concierto de metal para un recuerdo, 1967-1972

Box 4 Folder 4 Original publication of "Después de Christian" in literary magazine, Revista del Cafe, 1970 July

Box 4 Folder 5 Pamphlets of Otero's essay, "Después de la explosión", 1972

Box 16 Penélope o el otro del mundo. Edited by L.Z. Barreto. 1:2, 1972 November-1973 January

Includes an article about Otero.

Box 4 Folder 6 Articles about Otero and other Puerto Rican authors, 1973

Box 4 Folder 7 "Le piel de paul" publication in newspapers, 1975

Box 15 Ramos Otero, Manuel. La novelabingo. New York: El libro viaje, 1976

Published in an edition of 1000. Three copies are included in this collection: one is inscribed to Otero's sister Amelia, and another is inscribed to Asela Rodríguez de Laguna.

Box 4 Folder 8 Copies of "Tren que no pasa por la vía," published in Sin Nombre, 1976

Box 4 Folder 9 Interviews of Otero, 1976-1981, 1990

1976-1981 interviews published in En rojo.

Box 16 Vortice: Literatura, arte y crítica. 2:2-3 . Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford University. Alarcón, Francisco X., José Ballón Aguirre, Bernard Baycroft, et al., eds., 1979 Spring

Box 4 Folder 10 Articles and clippings with reviews of "El cuento de la mujer del mar"; and clipping of open letter written by Otero that was published the same year, 1980-1982

Box 4 Folder 11 Publications about Otero, 1980-1983

Box 4 Folder 12 Otero's poetry, published in Reintegro, 1981

Box 12 Item 11 Zoraida Santiago "Tiene que ser la luna" LP record, 1983

Commercially produced LP record. Includes a recording of a poem by Otero set to music.

Box 4 Folder 13 Introduction to Adal photography exhibit by Otero, 1983

Box 4 Folder 14 Clippings, 1983-1988, 1990, 1992

"La fea Otero"; "Nobelezca de sangre"; Various clippings about or written by authors Otero knew personally: Magalí Ramis, Ana Maria Delgado, etc.; review of Novelabingo.

Box 4 Folder 15 Articles about "Reunión de los espejos", 1984

Box 4 Folder 16-17 Clippings about Otero, 1985-1990

Box 4 Folder 18-19 Book reviews and biographical information about Otero, 1987, undated

Box 4 Folder 20 Letters to publisher about Otero's translation fee, 1988

Box 16 Cupey. Edited by Olga Nolla. 5: 1-2., 1988

Box 16 The Portable Lower East Side. Special issue, Latin Americans in NYC. Edited by Kurt Hollander. 5:1-2, 1988

Box 16 The Portable Lower East Side. Edited by Kurt Hollander. 6: 1, 1989

Box 4 Folder 21 Publishing contracts for "Cuentos de buena tinta" and "La novelabingo", 1990

Box 4 Folder 22 Interview of Otero conducted by Manuel Puig, published in El Nuevo Dia, 1990

Box 12 Item 12 Box 12 Item 1-4 Box 12 Item 13-14 Canto libre, 1990 July 14-15, 7 audiocassettes

Otero is a guest on Andrés Jiménez's WPUC radio program Canto libre; Otero reads from his works. There seem to be about 4 distinct parts. The 7 audiocassettes (10 audio files) represent many dubs/edits of the content, and while there are near duplicates, there are no exact duplicates.

Box 4 Folder 23 Clippings about Cuentos de buena tinta, 1992

Box 4 Folder 24 Dialogo, with direct reference to Otero on page 15, 2002

Box 4 Folder 25 Interview of Claudio Rodriguez, possibly conducted by Otero, undated

Box 16 SIDAhora. Edited by Nilda Pimentel. No. 8, undated

Includes work by Otero.

Box 4 Folder 26 Written work by Otero and photographs from art exhibit by Rodríguez-Díaz, undated

Box 4 Folder 27 Book covers, undated

Box 4 Folder 28 Postcards of Puerto Rico and poster for poetry reading, undated

Found with Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero's belongings.