Exhibition Celebrates Centennial of Pablo Neruda’s Birth
This photo of Neruda comes from a biography on the poet by Volodia Teitelboim -- it is considered the most authoritative biography on Neruda and is featured in the exhibition.
Neruda’s literary works include some 47 books, of which 35 are poetry. He published his first book of poetry, Crepusculario, in 1923 and went on to write prolific, abundant, and ever changing material. As critic René de Costa writes, "Neruda’s writing does not evolve in the traditional way, according to a smooth trajectory of growth and refinement. Instead, after each triumph there is a series of spurts, of experimental compositions, followed by a volcanic outflow of verses that result in a totally new book and, to be sure, a new an somewhat different poetic."
In conjunction with the exhibition, the lecture Los materiales del canto nerudiano. Naturaleza, historia y discurso en Canto General will be given in Spanish by Fernando Moreno from the Universite de Poitiers, France. The lecture will be held on Thursday, March 18, from 6pm to 8pm, in the Edison and Newman Room of Houghton Library. The lecture is open to the public.
A Celebration of Pablo Neruda, 1904-1973 is open through April 1 in
the Amy Lowell Room and Chaucer Case, Houghton Library. Curators of the exhibition
are Assistant Professor Luis Carcamo-Huechante and Lynn Shirey, Assistant Librarian
for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal in Widener. For details, call Shirey
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