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Luciano Rebay collection of Giuseppe Ungaretti, 1964-1970, bulk 1927-1989

Summary Information

Abstract

Rebay and Ungaretti were close friends. Rebay held the first endowed Ungaretti chair of Italian literature and assembled this collection of recording and files.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1940
Bib ID 13431940 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Rebay, Luciano
Title Luciano Rebay collection of Giuseppe Ungaretti, 1964-1970, bulk 1927-1989
Physical Description 2.1 Linear Feet (1 record storage carton; 1 document box; 1 large folder of photographs in Mapcase 15/B/1)
Language(s) English , Italian .
Access

Box 1 and 2 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in six series.

Description

Scope and Content

Rebay and Ungaretti were close friends. Rebay held the first endowed Ungaretti chair of Italian literature and assembled this collection of recording and files.

The collection consist mostly of reel to reel tapes (18) and cassettes (22) of lectures given by Giuseppe Ungaretti at Columbia University, 1964, and University of Oklahoma, 1970. There are typed copies of his lectures on Giacomo Leopardi; photographs of Ungaretti; 2 meallions; and two books.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

Box 1 and 2 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Luciano Rebay Collection of Giuseppe Ungaretti; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed by Patrick Lawlor, 7/27/2018

Revision Description

2018-08-03 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Columbia University. Casa italiana Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Giuseppe Ungaretti (born Feb. 10, 1888, Alexandria—died June 1, 1970, Milan) was born of Italian parents in the Egyptian seaport of Alexandria. Ungaretti studied in Paris in 1912, where he met Guillaume Apollinaire, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque. In Paris he fell under the influence of the French Symbolist poets, especially Stéphane Mallarmé.

Ungaretti fought in the trenches of World War I, and in his first book of poems, L'Allegria (1914–19; "Joie de Vivre"), he confronted that harrowing experience in verse that is both sparce and isolated. His tone and style changed in Sentimento del tempo (1933; "Sentiment of Time") where the verse is more expansive and rich, although strange and difficult.

Ungaretti is credited as the founder the influental Hermetic movement in modern Italian poetry.

From 1936 to 1942 Ungaretti taught Italian literature at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. The war and the loss of his son are expressed in his 1947 work Il dolore ( "Grief "). In 1942 Ungaretti returned to Italy and taught contemporary Italian literature at the University of Rome until his retirement in 1957. Important volumes published during this time are La terra promessa (1950; "The Promised Land") and Un grido e paesaggi (1952). Among his later volumes were Il taccuino del vecchio (1960; "An Old Man's Notebook") and Morte delle stagioni (1967; "Death of the Seasons").

In 1964, Ungaretti gave a series of lectures at Columbia University in New York City, and, in 1970, he was invited by the University of Oklahoma to receive its Books Abroad Prize. It was during this last trip that Ungaretti fell ill with bronchopneumonia. He returned to Milan wher he died.

Ungaretti translated into Racine's Phèdre, a collection of Shakespeare's sonnets, and works of Luis de Góngora y Argote, Stéphane Mallarmé, and William Blake.

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Reel to Reel Tapes


Reel to Reel Tapes 7" (17 tapes):



Box 1 Reel 1 Comments alla "Canzone" della La Terra promessa I, May 1, 1964 (Speed 3 3/4), May 1, 1964


Box 1 Reel 2 Comments alla "Canzone" della La Terra promessa II, May 5, 1964 (Speed 3 3/4), May 5, 1964


Box 1 Reel 3 Comments alla "Canzone" della La Terra promessa III, May 7, 1964 (Speed 3 3/4), May 7, 1964


Box 1 Reel 4 Comments alla "Canzone" della La Terra promessa IV, May 12, 1964 (Speed 3 3/4), May 12, 1964


Box 1 Reel 5 Reading from his works. Casa Italiana, April 13, 1964 (Speed 3 3/4), April 13, 1964


Box 1 Reel 6 Porta/Belli/Di Giacomo, 1977-1978


Box 1 Reel 7 & 8 Moravia Copia, May 19-20, 1968 (2 reels), May 19-20, 1968


American Academy in Rome, June 13,1957


Box 1 Reel 9 A) Sono una creatura


Box 1 Reel 9 B) "Sentimento del temps" Sentimento del tempo


Box 1 Reel 9 C) "Te Delore"


Box 1 Reel 9 D) " La Terra Promessa"


Box 1 Reel 9 E) "Te Dolore"


Box 1 Reel 9 F) "La Terra Promessa"


Box 1 Reel 10 "L'allegri"


Box 1 Reel 10 SDT


Box 1 Reel 10 "Te Dolore"


Box 1 Reel 10 "La terra promessa"


Box 1 Reel 10 "Te Dolore"


Box 1 Reel 10 "La terra promessa"


Box 1 Reel 11 L'istituto Italiano Di Cultura, I, April 19, 1969


Box 1 Reel 12 L'istituto Italiano Di Cultura, II, April 19, 1969


Box 1 Reel 13 L'istituto Italiano Di Cultura III, April 19, 1969


Box 1 Reel 14 Commenta alla Canzone #1, May 1, 1964


Box 1 Reel 15 Commenta alla Canzone #2, May 5, 1964


Box 1 Reel 16 Commenta alla Canzone #3, May 7, 1964



Box 2 Reel 17 Commenta alla Canzone #4, May 12, 1964


Reel to Reel 3":



Box 1 Reel 18 RAI, Ungaretti, February10, 1958

Cassettes (22 cassettes)


Box 1 Cassette 1 Ungaretti at Oklahoma, March14, 1970


Box 1 Cassette 2 Ungaretti: Lecturs posie at Oklahoma, March14, 1970


Box 1 Cassette 3 Ungaretti: 000-335 and Montale: 336-578


Box 1 Cassette 4 "Introduction to Italian Poetry". Luciano Rebay, 1969


Box 1 Cassette 5 Giuseppe Ungaretti. La Luce, 1971


Box 1 Cassette 6 Rebay and P. Bigomgiani, September 14, 1982


Box 1 Cassette 7 Giuseppe Ungaretti interview, New York, April 19, 1969


Box 1 Cassette 8 Giuseppe Prezzolini (27 January 1882 -- 16 July 1982) at Columbia University, April 7, 1983, January 1882, April 7, 1983


Box 1 Cassette 9 Giuseppe Ungaretti Leopardi #1 & Leopardi #2


Box 1 Cassette 10 Giuseppe Ungaretti #3, 3/5/64 & 4, 3/10/64, 3/5/64, 3/10/64


Box 1 Cassette 11 Giuseppe Ungaretti #5 & 6


Box 1 Cassette 12 Giuseppe Ungaretti Conclusion #6


Box 1 Cassette 13 Giuseppe Ungaretti #7 & 8


Box 1 Cassette 14 Giuseppe Ungaretti #9 & 10


Box 1 Cassette 15 Giuseppe Ungaretti #11 & 12


Box 1 Cassette 16 Giuseppe Ungaretti #13 &14


Box 1 Cassette 17 Giuseppe Ungaretti #15 & #16


Box 1 Cassette 18 Giuseppe Ungaretti #17


Box 1 Cassette 19 & 20 Giuseppe Ungaretti. Canzone 1-4, 1964 (2 cassettes), 1964


Box 1 Cassette 21 Giuseppe Ungaretti. Le Suppliche, May 16, 1964


American Academy in Rome, June 13,1957 (Registrazione al magnetofono su nastro a cura di Ralph Ellison)


Box 1 Cassette 22 000-Introduzione (LR)


Box 1 Cassette 22 005-L'Allegria-Introduzione


Box 1 Cassette 22 010-017-Sono una creatura


Box 1 Cassette 22 018-055-I fiumi


Box 1 Cassette 22 059-Sentimento del tempo-Introduzione


Box 1 Cassette 22 062-082-La madre (registrazione difettosa)


Box 1 Cassette 22 084-120-Caino (vv. 1-21: registrazione difettosa; buono il finale: vv. 22-29)


Box 1 Cassette 22 121-Il dolore-Prima introduzione


Box 1 Cassette 22 123-172-Tu ti spezzasti (Prima lettura)


Box 1 Cassette 22 174-185-Non gridate più (Prima lettura)


Box 1 Cassette 22 186-281-Mio fiume anche tu (Registrazione difettosa, forse per problemi di magnetofono. Lettura interrotta dopo "urbane", parte seconda, v. 3; ripresa dopo alcuni secondi di silenzio fino a "Cristo, pensoso palpito," parte terza, v. 6.; di nuovo interrotta, poi ripresa ricominciando da "Il Tuo cuore è la sede appassionata", parte terza, v. 4, fino alia fine.


Box 1 Cassette 22 282-La terra promessa-Prima introduzione


Box 1 Cassette 22 287-348-Canzone (Prima lettura)


Box 1 Cassette 22 356-Il dolore-Seconda introduzione


Box 1 Cassette 22 360-416-Tu ti spezzasti (Seconda lettura)


Box 1 Cassette 22 419-431-Non gridate più (Seconda lettura)


Box 1 Cassette 22 432-469-Terra


Box 1 Cassette 22 471-La terra promessa-Seconda introduzione


Box 1 Cassette 22 479-556-Canzone (Seconda lettura: ma per inspiegati problemi di magnetofono non risultano registrate le ultime tre parole "o altro tempo").

Files



Box 2 Folder 1 Material related to the Ungaretti's visit 1964 (included, notes, publicity, photograph, announcements, letters, etc.), 1964


Box 2 Folder 2 Manuscripts on Giacomo Leopardi by Giuseppe Ungaretti, 1964


Box 2 Folder 3 Ungaretti's lessons on Giacomo Leopardi. T.ms. (Lessons 1-4 and 6), 1964


Box 2 Folder 4 & 5 Ungaretti's lessons on Giacomo Leopardi. T.ms. (Lessons 1-17), 1964

Photographs


Box 2 Folder 6 Photographs (15), many inscribed by Ungaretti, 1964-1969 (also a strip of negatives), 1964-1969


Box 2 Folder 7 Group photograph of Ungaretti with his students, Spring Term, 1964


Box 2 Folder 8 Photograph, inscribed to Rebay, February25, 1964


Box 2 Folder 9 Photographs (3) of Ungaretti


Box 2 Folder 10 Ungaretti/Oklahoma, 1974 (slides), 1974



Mc 15-B-01 1 large sheet of 20 photographs of Ungaretti teaching and 1 photograph of Ungaretti waving his cane while getting out of a chair on stage at Columbia University, 1964

Memorabilia



Box 1 Two commemorative bronze medallions for the founding of Cassa Italiana in New York, 1927

Books



Box 2 Giuseppe Ungaretti Lezion su Giacomo Leopardi, 1989


Box 2 Nell'Azzurro by Grazia Deledda, 1898 (removed and cataloged for the Rare Books collection), 1898