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About this collection

May 30, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude, a work its author, Gabriel García Márquez, described as a “very long and very complex novel in which I have placed my best illusions.” García Márquez finished the novel in August 1966; his publisher, Editorial Sudamericana, printed its first run on May 30, 1967. The book went on to sell 50 million copies worldwide, becoming the most translated literary work in Spanish outside of Don Quixote. It continues to be read, publicly admired, and quoted by everyone from grade school students to respected writers to political leaders. This digital collection, drawn from the Gabriel García Márquez papers at the Harry Ransom Center, documents the genesis of the novel from draft to literary classic. In addition to the materials digitized here, the Center holds other items related to One Hundred Years of Solitude, including a complete draft of the photocopied carbon typescript with additional edits, the original book contract signed with Editorial Sudamericana, and García Márquez’s letter to his friend Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, in which he wrote about his fear that the novel would fail. This collection is made possible by the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.

 

Read "A History of One Hundred Years of Solitude in Documents," by Harry Ransom Center Fellow Alvaro Santana-Acuña to learn more about the history of the book and the items in this collection.

 

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Manuscripts, Publicity, Reviews

 

Carbon typescript with light corrections

First page of photocopied typescript with García Márquez’s signature

Scrapbook of reviews and articles on One Hundred Years of Solitude

Coral, No. 9, "Los Cien Años de Soledad de Gabriel García Márquez" (reviews)

Partial proof of commemorative edition published by Real Academia Española in 2007

Promotional material for Jonathan Cape edition

 

Photographs

 

Gabriel García Márquez as a child

Gabriel García Márquez watching an accordion player in Aracataca

Gabriel García Márquez reviewing book covers with his wife, Mercedes Barcha

Gabriel García Márquez working on a draft of One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel García Márquez's home office in Mexico City

Luisa Santiaga Márquez Iguarán, Gabriel García Márquez's maternal grandmother

Nicolás Ricardo Márquez Mejía, Gabriel García Márquez's maternal grandfather

 
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