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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2068

Papers of the magazine Transition


Papers of the magazine Transition, an avant-garde literary magazine begun in Paris in 1927 by Eugène Jolas and his wife Maria Jolas.


  • 1933-1941

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.67 linear feet (5 boxes)
Includes: compositions submitted for publication in Transition volumes 24-27 (1936-38), along with correspondence and other papers of the editors. Authors of compositions include James Agee, Denis Devlin, Randall Jarrell, Franz Kafka, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, J.M. Richards, William Saroyan, Margaret Shedd, and Dylan Thomas.

Biographical / Historical

Transition was an avant-garde literary magazine begun in Paris in 1927 by Eugène Jolas and his wife Maria. In 1935 James Johnson Sweeney became a partner in the magazine and subsequent issues were edited from New York.


Arranged into the following four series:
  1. I. Compositions
  2. II. Correspondence with the editors of Transition
  3. III. Papers relating to the publication of Transition 24-27 (1936-1938)
  4. IV. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

93M-50. Transferred from the Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Harvard College Library; received: ca. 1950 and 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by: J.F. Coakley
Link to catalog
Transition. Papers of the magazine Transition, 1933-1941: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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