Tucci, Niccolo (1908-1999)

The Niccolò Tucci collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence notebooks, photographs, financial material, and legal material.

Manuscripts in the collection include novels, short stories, stage plays, articles, and notes. Novels include Unfinished Funeral (1964), a partial manuscript of The Rain Came Last & Other Stories (1990), and several unfinished or untitled manuscripts. Short stories include stories published in Botteghe Oscure, Esquire, Harper’s, and The New Yorker. Titles include “The Schemers” (1946), “The Evolution of Knowledge” (1947), “Stolen Dream” (1947), “The Truce” (1947), “The Assignment” (1948), “The Rain Came Last” (1948), “Tronco” (1949), “Those Long Shadows” (1951), “Underground Settlers” (1951), “The Last Stand” (1954), “The Beautiful Blue Horse” (1957), “Terror and Grief” (1958), “The Trigger” (1961), “The Announcement” (1962), “Four Dialogues” (1962), and “The Worst” (1965).

Stage plays includes several drafts of “Posterity for Sale” (1967), as well as less developed plays and ideas. Articles include “The New Barbarians” (1954) in The Atlantic Monthly and four “Talk of the Town” articles in The New Yorker (1953-55). Editorial notes for Before My Time (1962) are also included.

Printed material in the collection includes galley proofs, newspaper clippings, magazines, and articles. Galleys are included for several of Tucci’s New Yorker pieces, including “The Announcement,” “The Beautiful Blue Horse,” “The Evolution of Knowledge,” “Four Dialogues,” and “Terror and Grief.”  Newspaper clippings include miscellaneous clippings from The New York Times, and “Press of Freedom” columns from The Village Voice between 1955 and 1958. Magazines include two issues of The Paris Review, which contain essays by Tucci. Articles include reviews of Tucci’s work and newspaper articles about Maria Tucci.  Of particular note are many of Tucci's articles written for Corriere della Sera during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Correspondence in the collection includes English and Italian correspondence dating from the 1940s to 1980s. Notable English correspondents include Hannah Arendt, Francis Biddle, Elizabeth Mann Borgese, Leonard Carmichael, Albert Einstein, Edith Hamilton, Alfred Kazin, Mary McCarthy, Linus Pauling, Herbert Ross, Dorothy Thompson, E.B. White, Philip Wylie, and John Wyndham. Notable Italian correspondents include Antonio Barolini, Andrea Caffi, Nicola Chiaromonte, Benedetto Croce, Aldo Garzanti, Mario Praz, Gaetano Salvemini, Lisa Sergio, and Maria Tucci.

Notebooks in the collection include a guest book titled “26 Marzo, 1893,” which belonged to Leonardo and Maria Tucci. The book includes the autographs of a variety of European figures.

Photographs in the collection include passport photographs and professional portraits of Tucci. Also included are prints of Tucci’s family, friends, and acquaintances.

Financial material in the collection includes check stubs, bank statements, and royalty statements. Legal material in the collection includes passports and court transcripts for Tucci’s citizenship case. 

Notable Figures
1. Tucci, Niccolò, 1908-
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Italian Collections Subject Guide
3. Italian American literature – 20th century
4. Authors, American
5. Authors, Italian.
6. Dramatists
7. American drama -- 20th century
8. American literature--20th century