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Pierre Louÿs Manuscripts

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 21 Apr 2010

Biographical History

Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925) was a French poet and writer known for his erotic and sensual themes, particular lesbian. A friend of both André Gide and Oscar Wilde, he was named a Chevalier and then an Officer of the Légion d'honneur for his contributions to French literature. One of his early works, Les Chansons de Bilitis (Songs of Bilitis), had strong lesbian themes; the Daughter of Bilitis, one of the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States, took its name from this work.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Pierre Louÿs Manuscripts consists of manuscripts of two of his works, L'Île aux dames (published posthumously in 1988) and an unidentified manuscript concerning members of a family named Morfy, Morphy, or Murphy (numerous variant spellings appear in the manuscript), which apparently was never published.

Arrangement of the Collection

Each manuscript is in its own clamshell box stamped in gold.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advance notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925.
Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. -- L'île aux dames.


Authors, French -- 20th century.
Lesbians in literature.
Poets, French.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts (document genre)
Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Pierre Louÿs Manuscripts,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1969.

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Note on alternate formats:

Microfilm versions of the manuscripts are also available.