Autograph Letter, signed “Estela Canto”, to Donald A. Yates, concerning Jorge Luis Borges and biographical matters.

[Buenos Aires: n.d., before 1985].

Price: $500.00

About the item

Two pages on a single sheet. 1 vols. 4to. Old folds. Fine. Provenance: Donald A. Yates; Gary Oleson.

Item #338362

Responding to a letter dated 16 June, Argentine author Estela Canto (to whom Borges dedicated El Aleph), writes to Donald A. Yates in English, reading in part:
As far as I can see you have been in contact with one of the several groups in which Borges ws moving, and possibly in branches of this group. Not the people who could know something about “Mateo” for instance. My impression is you have lost the clue of many things. It’s not your fault; wroong information I guess, either deliberate or stupid. Or you were getting near the point and that woul explain, best of all, the background of the sad story of which I know nothing about. Being a writer myself I think one day I’ll be able to use some of the material at my disposal. It includes letters, photos, and the original of “The Aleph”. […] As the subject is rather delicate — and not at all simple — I suggest we speak personally whenever you come to B.A.”

Borges and Estela Canto (1916-1994) were close in the 1940s. She was the model for Beatriz Viterbo in “El Aleph” (1945), and published several books with Losada, including El Muro de Mármol (1945) and El Retrato y la Imagen (1950). Borges gave her the working manuscript of El Aleph; she eventually sold it at Sotheby’s in 1985 and it is now in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid).
A detailed, slightly ambiguous letter from a former love of Borges, who later wrote a substantial illustrated memoir, Borges a contraluz (Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, 1989), a copy of which is present (Fine copy in original wrappers).