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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Gr 40

Nikos Gatsos papers


Papers by and about Greek poet, translator, and lyricist, Nikos Gatsos.


  • Creation: circa 1930-1993


Language of Materials

In Greek, with some material in English, Spanish, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

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

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5 linear feet (11 boxes)

Compositions, correspondence, recorded songs, photographs, and related papers of Greek poet, translator and lyricist Nikos Gatsos.

Biographical / Historical

Nikos Gatsos was born in 1911 in Asea in Arcadia, a district of the Peloponnese; he attended high school in Tripoli. By the time he entered the University of Athens to study philosophy, he was already a fluent speaker of English and French. In Athens he came into contact with literary circles of the day; he later lived briefly in France. In 1943, during the Nazi occupation of Greece, Gatsos published his major work, the surrealist epic poem “Amorgos”. After the war, Gatsos worked as a literary critic and translator, particularly of theatrical plays, and he continued to publish poems in literary magazines. He worked with the Greek-British Review as a translator and with Ellinikí Radiofonía as a radio director; and he began writing lyrics for the music of Manos Hadjidakis and other notable composers. He died in Athens in 1992.


Arranged by type of materia into six series:

I. Compositions by Gatsos II. Compositions by others III. Correspondence IV. Newspaper and magazine clippings on Amargos V. Theater ephemera VI. Biographical material VII. Audio and video recordings

Compositions by Nikos Gatsos and others are listed alphabetically, but physical arrangement of items follows the order established by the donor.

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by the name of correspondent. The rest of the collection follows the order established by the donor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018M-98, 2019M-21. Purchased from Agathi Dimitrouk with funds from the Georgios and Demosthenes Constantinides Book Fund, the Harry K. & Ada Messenger Fund, and the President Cornelius Conway Felton Fund. 2020M-6 Additions to the collection

Separated Materials

Books belonging to Gatsos have been removed for separate cataloging.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Melanie Wisner in 2018. Further processing done in 2020-2022 by Irina Klyagin and Rhea Lasage.

Gatsos, Nikos. Nikos Gatsos papers, circa 1930-1992 (MS Gr 40): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 July 5
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