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Oversize "Prose Poems for I. J.", 1934

 File — Oversize_Folder(Within_an_OSBox): 1, Folder: 4

Scope and Contents

Holograph manuscript signed by Jorge Luis Borges, in black ink on 2 large paper leaves. They are two linked poems of 29 and 27 lines respectively desgnated "I" and "II". They were written in 1934 and dedicated to "I. J" which were false initials concealing the true identity of dedicatee Pipina Diehl de Moreno Hueyo. They were published in 1943, in the first compilation of Borge's poems [Poemas (1922-1943)]. They were republished under the title Two English Poems, this time dedicated to Beatriz Bibiloni Webster de Bullrich. These are the only poems Borges is known to have written in English [sic].

This manuscript is distinguished in that it is English and represents an individual close to Borges. Manuscripts by Borges that are in English are very rare. They demonstrate his proficiency in the English language which he learned before Spanish.


  • Creation: 1934

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



Item has an orange slip for conservation and housing. This folder is smaller 914x18)and is in the Borges oversize box V-7 which is a large flat box. (to keep it with the other oversize Borges items).

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