Zarifopol-Johnston mss., 1988-2008

Papers of Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

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Creator: Zarifopol-Johnston, Ilinca, 1952-2005
Creator: Johnston, Kenneth
Title: Zarifopol-Johnston mss.
Collection No.: LMC 2492
Dates: 1988-2008
Quantity:

Quantity: 4 Boxes

Quantity: 4 standard

Abstract: The Zarifopol-Johnston mss., 1988-2008, consists of translator Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston's research and writings on the Romanian philosopher E. M. Cioran.
Location: Lilly - Stacks
Language: Materials are in English, French, and Romanian.
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu
URL: https://libraries.indiana.edu/lilly-library

Biographical Note

Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston (1952-2005) was a Romanian émigré and associate professor of comparative literature at Indiana University. An expert on the twentieth-century Romanian philosopher and essayist E. M. Cioran, Zarifopol-Johnston translated his On the Heights of Despair and Tears and Saints from the French to English.

The collection relates primarily to her unfinished critical biography of Cioran as well as her unfinished memoir about her childhood in Romania, which were completed posthumously by her husband Kenneth Johnston under the title Searching for Cioran.

Scope and Content Note

I. Primary Source Research contains photocopies of Cioran's diaries, manuscripts, and correspondence, written primarily in French with some Romanian. Cioran's diaries are arranged chronologically from 1962-1970. His correspondence is arranged by recipient.

II. Secondary Source Research contains photocopies of scholarly articles and full-length books as well as articles, reviews, and interviews clipped from newspapers and magazines. The photocopies are arranged to reflect roughly the organization of Zarifopol-Johnston's biography of Cioran. The newspaper clippings are organized into three categories: before Cioran's death in 1995, obituaries from 1995, and after Cioran's death in 1995. Materials are a mix of French, Romanian, and English.

Zarifopol-Johnston's correspondence with Cioran and his partner Simone Boué is arranged chronologically in Series III. Correspondence and Publishing. The series also contains Zarifopol-Johnston's correspondence with her publishers, arranged chronologically from 1988-1998; book proposals; and reviews of her translations.

The bulk of Series IV. Writings is related to Zarifopol-Johnston's unfinished critical biography of Cioran. It includes notes, chronologies, and chapter drafts with extensive revisions. It also includes her husband Kenneth Johnston's notes on how to finish the project, particularly to fill in the missing section on Cioran's time in Germany. The series also includes notes and drafts of Zarifopol-Johnston's unfinished memoir of her childhood in Romania.

V. Personal consists of one folder with a few letters from Kenneth to Ilinca as well as photographs and a Romanian Bible. VI. Audio-Visual consists of 4 cassette tapes of Zarifopol-Johnston interviewing Emil Cioran's brother, Aurel (Relu) Cioran, in 1997. The interview is in Romanian.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Primary Source Research, II. Secondary Source Research, III. Correspondence and Publishing, IV. Writings, V. Personal, and VI. Audio-Visual.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Many collections are housed offsite; retrieval requires advance notice. Please make an appointment a minimum of one week in advance of your visit.

Related Materials

See the Calinescu, Matei mss. and the Calinescu, Matei mss. III, also at the Lilly Library, Indiana University.

Indexed Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Zarifopol-Johnston mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Acquisition Information

Gift: 2006, 2008 and 2006, 2008

Collection Inventory

Box 1

Series:

I. Primary Source Research
Box 1
Cioran's diary , 1962-1967

Physical Description: (9 folders)

Box 4
Cioran's diary , 1968-1970
Box 1
Cioran manuscripts
Box 1
Cioran correspondence
Box 1
Various recipients , 1933-1935
Box 1
To parents , 1948-1958
Box 1
To brother , 1931-1985

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Box 1
To Arşavir Acterian , 1968-1990
Box 1
Various recipients , 1970-1987
Box 4
Photocopies of Romanian reports on Cioran, Paris/Vichy , 1941
Box 4
Photocopies of Romanian ministry communications, Paris/Vichy , War years
Box 2

Series:

II. Secondary Source Research
Box 2
Rășinari and Sibiu
Box 2
Z. Ornea Tradiționalism și modernitate în deceniul al treilea
Box 2
Mystical Revolutionaries/1927 Generation
Box 2
Mircea Vulcănescu Nae Ionescu - Așa cum l-am cunoscut
Box 2
Eugène Ionesco
Box 2
Schimbarea la față a României and fascism

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 2
Jason Weiss interview, 1983
Box 2
Newspaper and magazine articles
Box 2
pre-1995

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 2
1995, obituaries
Box 2
post-1995

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 2
Gabriel Liiceanu L'itineraire d'une vie
Box 3

Series:

III. Correspondence and Publishing
Box 3
Zarifopol-Cioran correspondence , 1988-1996
Box 3
Correspondence with presses , 1988-1998
Box 3
Book proposals
Box 3
Reviews of translations

Series:

IV. Writings
Box 3
Clean copy of On the Heights of Despair
Box 3
Introduction, "Imagining Cioran"
Box 3
English translation
Box 3
Proof of Dictionary of Literary Biography entry on Cioran
Box 3
"Dressing the Wound of Life," draft with handwritten corrections
Box 3
"Found in Translation," multiple drafts and notes

Subseries:

Cioran biography Portrait of the Philosopher as a Young Man
Box 3
Notes, chronologies, and memorabilia

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 3
Photographs
Box 3
Chapter drafts with revisions and notes

Physical Description: (5 folders)

Box 3
Kenneth Johnston's notes

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Subseries:

Memoir The Escape Artist
Box 3
Notes and drafts

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Box 3
Complete copy
Box 3
Creative writing

Series:

V. Personal
Box 3
Kenneth and Ilinca

Physical Description: (1 folder)

Box 3
Kenneth Johnston diary
Box 3
Photographs
Box 3
Romanian Bible

Series:

VI. Audio-Visual
Box 4
Interview with Aurel (Relu) Cioran , 1997