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"El Milagro Secreto", [1942]

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 19

Scope and Contents

Holograph manuscript "The Secret Miracle" by Jorge Luis Borges titled and signed in black ink, and leaves numbered by Borges. Many deletions, variants, and interpolations. It offers an invaluable look at the changes he made to one of his favorite writings.

The original holograph manuscript of this story was published in Sur no. 101 (February 1943), then reprinted in the first edition of Ficciones(1944). Proof of the esteem in which Borges held this story is its inclusion in the new edition of his La muerte y la brujula (1951) and in his Antologia Personal (1961). It was followed by its recreation in other Borges collected prose books of similar literary reputation.Two of the four leaves are reproduced in Daniel Balderston, How Borges wrote Charlottesville: UVA Press, 2018. Balderston focused on Borge's use of geometrical symbols to indicate where marginal additions are to be inserted into the text.


  • Creation: [1942]

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


From the Collection: 0.07 Cubic Feet (1 legal size document box and 1 oversize box) : oversize box is in the vault V-7

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States