Fallaci, Oriana (1930-2006)

The Oriana Fallaci collection consists of manuscripts, notebooks, printed material, correspondence, photographs, audio, and other material. 

Manuscripts by Fallaci in the collection include the book-length works Niente e Cosi Sia (1969), and English version Nothing, and So Be It (1972); If the Sun Dies (English version of Se il sole muore; 1966); Letter to a Child Never Born, translated by John Shepley (English version of Lettera a un bambino mai nato; 1976); Interview with History (English version of Intervista con la Storia; 1976); Inshallah, translated by Fallaci and James Markus (English version of Insciallah; 1992); and La Rabbia e l'Orgoglio (2001); and the English translation by Fallaci published as The Rage and the Pride (2002). Material for the latter book includes Fallaci’s earliest notes and letters following the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City, the article “Lettera da New York: La Rabbia l’Orgogli” for Corriere della Sera, all drafts, and documents from every stage of the book’s revision and publication, as well as printed publicity from Italy and elsewhere. 

Manuscripts for interviews conducted by Fallaci include transcripts and/or notes regarding her interviews with Santiago Carillo, Indira Gandhi, Henry Kissinger, Nguyen Cao Ky, James Lovell, Sihanouk Nodorom, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Nguyen Van Thieu, Lech Walensa, the King of Cambodia, the Shah of Iran (1973), and others; also present are transcripts of her interviews regarding the Joey Kagebien murder case. Articles by Fallaci include drafts and news-wire dispatches regarding various subjects, including notes on a flood in Florence, Italy (1966), the American invasion of Cambodia (April-May 1970), and the Kent State massacre (May 1970), as well as articles for L’Europeo and Corriere della Sera. Also present in the collection are drafts of Fallaci’s addresses to the American Press Organization (1974), Amherst College (1976), the Overseas Press Club (1974), and the Publishers and Editors Convention (1970s). Other manuscripts include Fallaci’s “farewell speech” to her father Edoardo Fallaci (1988), and various critical essays and theses about Fallaci by various authors. 

Notebooks in the collection cover a wide range of subjects, and primarily consist of Fallaci’s handwritten notes. Prominent subjects include Vietnam, Cambodia, the American space program, the Maharishi Yogi, the Russians, Bolivia, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Indira Gandhi, Walter Cronkite, Ray Bradbury, Joey Kagebien, and Fallaci’s travels through America. 

Printed material in the collection includes numerous published articles by Fallaci in The Los Angeles Times, Look, Life, McCall’s, Le Soir, Washington Monthly, Washington Post, Ms., Deccan Herald Weekly Magazine (India), Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and various non-English publications including Corriere della Sera, Il Foglio, Il Giornale, L’Europeo, Libero, and Panorama . Other published writings by Fallaci include the condensation of her book The Useless Sex for Cosmopolitan magazine (1964); the serialization of If the Sun Dies in Corriere d’informazione (1965) and Zürcher Woche (1965-1966); and The Force of Reason (2005-2006). Other printed items include articles and publicity about Fallaci, interviews with her, and reviews of her books. 

Correspondence in the collection dates from 1962 to 2001. Many of the letters are from various readers, but some are personal letters to and from Fallaci’s family. Notable correspondents include Max Ascoli, Ingrid Bergman, Emilio Cecchi, Julie Christie, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Drew, Mary Hemingway, Bernard-Henri Levy, Walter Lippman, James A. Lovell, Norman Mailer, Sihanouk Norodom, King of Cambodia, Martin Peretz, Nan Talese, Sergio Vaccà, and Irving Wallace. 

Photographs in the collection primarily consist of images of Fallaci with various friends and associates. Notable photos include images Fallaci interviewing King Hussein (1972), President Leone of Italy (1972), Indira Gandhi, Prince Sihanouk (1973), Ayatolla Khomeini, Deng Xi-peng, and Golda Meir, as well as Fallaci in Vietnam (1960s) and Mexico (1979). Other notable photographs include Fallaci with Greek revolutionary Alexandros Panagoulis, and at his funeral; Fallaci at a speaking engagement in New York; Fallaci at her home at Casole; and a photo of Pete Conrad, with a signed inscription to Fallaci. 

Audio recordings in the collection primarily consist of tape recordings of Fallaci’s interviews with various persons. Included are interviews with Hugh Hefner (1965), Jack Valenti (1966), H. Rap Brown (1966), Ingrid Bergman (1966), Dean Martin (1966), Walt Disney (1966), Pierre Salinger (1966), Pier Paolo Pasolini (1966), Ray Bradbury (1967), Pearl S. Buck (1966), Mohammed Ali (as Cassius Clay, 1965), John Glenn (1967), Melina Mercouri (1967-1968), various fedayeen and the leader of Al Fatah, Maharishi Yogi (1968), Jane Fonda (1970), Walter Cronkite (1970), Dalai Lama (1968), General Nguyen Cao Ky (1968), Vo Nguyen Giap (1969), Alfredo Ovando Candia, President of Bolivia (1970), Mark Lane, Jean-Claude Duvalier (1971), Shirley MacLaine (1965), Isaac Asimov, Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Ray Bradbury, Frank Capra, Federico Fellini, Jack Lemmon, Rosalind Russell, Gian Carlo Menotti, Peter O’Toole, and Peter Ustinov. Other tapes include interviews regarding the Florence flood (1966), the assassination of John F. Kennedy (1965-1966), Mexico (1968), a coup d’etat in Bolivia (1970), and the Apollo 11 and 12 space exploration missions. 

Additional recordings include tapes of Fallaci being interviewed, cassettes of Fallaci reading Letter to a Child Never Born (1993), and a compact disc of Fallaci reading her essay “Oriana Fallaci Sull’ Antisemisimo” (originally included with La Rabbia e l’Orgoglio ; includes printed version of essay).

Other material in the collection includes Fallaci’s Vietnam notes and maps; her press passes re: Apollo 11; bios of astronauts, issued by NASA; the setting copy of The Maze, a novel by Elieen B. Simpson (1974); items regarding Fallaci’s honorary doctorate from Columbia College, Chicago (1977); a ticket stub from Fallaci (2013); and a hand fan of Fallaci’s face, given to guests at the opening night dinner for Fallaci.

Notable Figures
1. Fallaci, Oriana
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Journalism Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide
3. Military History Subject Guide
4. Italian Collections Subject Guide
5. The Vietnam War Subject Guide