Collection CHC0111 - Enrique Labrador Ruiz Papers

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Enrique Labrador Ruiz Papers


  • 1930-2001 (Creation)


12 Boxes

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Enrique Labrador Ruiz, Cuban journalist, novelist, essayist, short story writer, and poet, was born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba, on May 11, 1902. He was a member of the Academia Cubana de la Lengua and also of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. Labrador Ruiz was a well-learned and traveled man who created his own style of writing novels, which he called gaseiforme. In 1933, he published his first novel in this style, El laberinto de sí mismo, which forms a trilogy with Cresival(1936) and Anteo (Novela gaseiforme) (1940). With his collection of short stories, El gallo en el espejo(1953), he established his cuentería cubiche style.

In 1976, Labrador Ruiz and his wife María (Cheché) were exiled from Cuba. After residing in Spain and Venezuela, they moved to and maintained their permanent residence in Miami, Florida. During his years of exile, Labrador Ruiz wrote for many literary journals and newspapers, including Réplica(Miami), El Diario de Caracas, and Linden Lane Magazine.

Enrique Labrador Ruiz received numerous awards and honors for his works of literature. In Cuba, Conejito Ulánwon the Hernández Catá Prize in 1946, and in 1950 his novel Sangre hambrientawon the Premio Nacional de Literatura. Some of his most important works are: El gallo en el espejo(1953), El pan de los muertos(1958), and his final work, Cartas a la carte (1991).

Enrique Labrador Ruiz died in Miami on November 10, 1991.

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The Enrique Labrador Ruiz Papers are organized into five series and consists primarily of the manuscripts of his articles and essays written in exile and includes that of his final book, Cartas a la carte (1991) which can be found in box 5, folders 444 and 445. The bulk of the material of this collection is in Series I: Works, n.d., 1933–2001 (bulk dates 1977–1987). There are many photocopies of his articles as they were published in various publications. A small collection of correspondence, photographs, and graphic materials can also be found in this collection, along with programs of events held in the 1980s and 1990s in honor of Labrador Ruiz.

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The Enrique Labrador Ruiz Papers are organized into five series.

Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

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  • Spanish

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Gift of María Labrador, 1992

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Works by Enrique Labrador Ruiz (in chronological order):

Labrador Ruiz, Enrique. El laberinto de sí mismo: novela . Habana: Carasa y Ca., 1933.

  • ----. Cresival, novella . Habana: Talleres de Carasa y ca., 1936.

  • ----. Grimpolario (saldo lírico) . Habana: Carasa, 1937.

  • ----. Anteo (novela gaseiforme) . Habana; s.n., 1940.

  • ----. Manera de vivir: pequeño expediente literario . La Habana: Talleres de La Mercantil, 1941.

  • ----. Papel de fumar, cenizas de conversación . La Habana: Editorial Lex, 1945.

  • ----. Carne de quimera (novelines neblinosos) . Habana: 1947.

  • ----. Trailer de sueños . Habana: s.n., 1949.

  • ----. El gallo en el espejo . Habana: Editorial Lex, 1953.

  • ----. El pan de los muertos . Santa Clara, Cuba: Universidad Central de las Villas, Departamento de Relaciones Culturales, 1958.

  • ----. La sangre hambrienta: novela . México: Impresora Azteca, 1959.

  • ----. Conejito Ulán . La Habana: Ediciones La Tertulia, 1963.

  • ----. Cuentos . La Habana: UNEAC, 1970.

  • ----. Cartas a la carte . Miami, FL: Ediciones Universal, 1991.

Works about Enrique Labrador Ruiz (in alphabetical order):

Alba-Buffill, Elio. Enrique Labrador Ruiz, precursor marginado . Montevideo: Universidad Católica del Uruguay "Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga," 1987.

Labrador Ruiz, Enrique and Reinaldo Sánchez. Labrador Ruiz – tal cual: conversaciones con Reinaldo Sánchez . Miami, FL: Hispamerican Books, 1984.

Molinero, Rita. La narrativa de Enrique Labrador Ruiz . Madrid: Playor, D.L. 1977.

Sánchez, Reinaldo, ed. Homenaje a Enrique Labrador Ruiz: textos críticos sobre su obra . Montevideo: Editorial Ciencias, 1981.

Related archival collections in other repositories:

Reinaldo Arenas Papers (C0232): 1964-1990, bulk 1980-1990 . Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University.

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