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At a Glance
This collection is arranged into 18 series.
Letters from Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Edith Sitwell, Adlai Stevenson, and Jacques Lipschitz. Notes and correspondence relating to Steegmuller's books, as well as manuscripts of the books, make up part of the collection. Also, seven scrapbooks of clippings and 37 inscribed books; manuscripts and proofs for his translation of Flaubert's MADAME BOVARY; and two solander cases containing 155 photographs, mounted and inscribed, taken by Steegmuller on his trips to France, 1948, 1950, Italy, 1950, and the Virgin Islands, 1949.
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Restrictions on Access
Boxes 1-23 and 2 flat boxes are on-site. The following boxes are located off-site: 24-121 and the 2 tube boxes. 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.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Francis Steegmuller papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
See also the Shirley Hazzard Papers
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.
Processed Patrick Lawlor 2012.
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Francis Steegmuller is best-known and respected for his scholarly work on Gustave Flaubert; Jean Cocteau; Louise d'Épinay, a Parisian intellectual and hostess, and the Abbe Ferdinando Galiani, a Neapolitan diplomat; Isadora Duncan; and Guy de Maupassant.
Steegmuller was a meticulous researcher and a talented and prolific writer. His papers attest to his in-depth research methods.
Steegmuller was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1906. He graduated from Columbia University in 1927. While at Columbia, Steegmuller became part of a group of young men who all went on to achieve academic and cultural distinction: Lionel Trilling, Clifton Fadiman, Jacques Barzun, Meyer Shapiro, Richard Snow, and Dwight Minor. He was the recipient of two National Book Awards: in 1971, for his biography of biography of Jean Cocteau, and in 1981 for his translation for the first volume of Flaubert's complete letters. In 1982, Steegmuller was awarded a gold medal in biography by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1982. He was a recipient of the French Legion of Honor.
His first wife was Beatrice Stein, a painter who was a pupil and friend of Jacques Villon. In 1982, Steegmuller donated a portrait of Beatrice Stein Steegmuller by Jacques Villon to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beatrice Stein died in 1961. Steegmuller married the author Shirley Hazzard in 1963.
Francis Steegmuller died in Naples in 1994.