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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Josef Škvorecký papers
    Date (inclusive): 1908-1994
    Collection number: 91008
    Creator: Škvorecký, Josef.
    Extent: 79 manuscript boxes 32.9 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Czech and world literature, Czech culture, political and social conditions in Czechoslovakia, and Czech émigré life.
    Language: Czech and English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Josef Škvorecký papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1991.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1924 September 27 Born, Náchod, Czechoslovakia
    1951 PhD, Charles University, Prague
    1956 Deputy editor-in-chief, World Literature Today
    1958 Married Zdenka Josefa Salivarová
    1969 Emigrated to Canada and founded Sixty-Eight Publishers for independent Czech literature
    1973- Lecturer, Voice of America
    1975-1990 Professor of English, University of Toronto, Ontario
    1977 Author, Samožerbuch
    1980 Received Neustadt Prize for Literature, University of Oklahoma
    1984 Author, Scherzo capriccioso (Dvořák in Love)
    1985 Received Canadian Governor General's Award
    1990 Received Order of the White Lion
      Received literature prize, Echoing Green Foundation
      Advisor to Václav Havel, president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic
    1999 Received Czech Republic's State Prize for Literature
    2001 Received Dangea prize

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    Czech literature.
    Czechs in foreign countries.
    Czechoslovakia--Intellectual life.