Levi, Primo (1919-1987): Material regarding biography

Scope and Content

Papers compiled by Ian Thomson whilst researching for his biography of Primo Levi Primo Levi a Biography , Vintage, 2003, including a unique collection of transcript interviews with Levi and his friends, colleagues and relatives; original and copies of correspondence and publications and unpublished articles on all aspects of Levi's life and work.

Administrative / Biographical History

Primo Levi was born in Italy 1919; chemist; prisoner in Auschwitz, Feb 1944-Jan 1945; wrote a number of memoirs, short stories, poems, and novels, notably If This Is a Man (published in the United States as Survival in Auschwitz ) documenting Levi's experiences in the Holocaust; died 1987.


The integrity of the original folders has been retained. They have been arranged to reflect material type or subject content.

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Acquisition Information

Ian Thomson

Other Finding Aids

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue www.wienerlibrary.co.uk.

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

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Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.


Thomson, Ian, Primo Levi a Biography , Vintage, 2003.