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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1771

Robert Fitzgerald papers for Homer's "Odyssey" in translation


Drafts of the American poet Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey.


  • 1953-1960

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and Greek.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Notebooks, drafts, printer's copy, and galley proofs of Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey, together with correspondence concerning the translation and other letters.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985) was an American poet, educator, and critic who was best known for his translations of Greek classics.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Drafts of the translation of Homer's "Odyssey"
  2. II. Correspondence

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

65M-105. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from Mr. Robert Fitzgerald, San Fortunato della Collina Perugia, Italy; received: 1965 2 December.

Fitzgerald, Robert, 1910- . Robert Fitzgerald papers for Homer's "Odyssey" in translation, 1953-1960: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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