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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Port 48

Agustina Bessa-Luís papers


Contains handwritten manuscripts of works published by Portuguese writer Agustina Bessa Luís.


  • 1948-2007

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


2 linear feet (2 boxes)
Contains handwritten manuscripts of works published by Portuguese writer Agustina Bessa-Luís, all but the last signed and dated by the author, with a location of where the work was written. Materials include novels, biographies, travel writings, and essays, all in Portuguese, dating from across Bessa-Luís's career.

Biographical / Historical

Agustina Bessa-Luís (1922-2019) was a Portuguese writer, who also was involved in journalistic and theatrical pursuits. She was the director of the Porto-based daily newspaper O Primeiro de Janeiro from 1986-1987, and from 1990-1993, she was the director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon. Several of her novels have been adapted into films, including Fanny Owen, Abraham's Valley, The Lands of Risk, and As Terras do Risco, which was the basis for the film O Convento. Bessa-Luís was awarded the Camões Prize, a Portuguese prize for literature, in 2004.


Collection is arranged as it arrived, in chronological order by the date signed by the author.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2020M-077. Purchased with funds from the Amy Lowell Trust, 2020 January.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2020. Description is based off notes that arrived with the collection.
Link to catalog
Luís, Agustina Bessa. Agustina Bessa-Luís papers, 1948-2007 (MS Port 48): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2020 February 6
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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