May 27, 2022

Just Launched: Online Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, 50 Recordings Available With More to Come

New from the Library of Congress.

As part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congress today launched an online selection of recordings from its Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, a series of audio recordings of renowned poets and prose writers reading from their work in their native languages. Writers from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the Caribbean and U.S. Hispanics/Latinos have been recorded. Available as streamed audio, 50 recordings are currently.

Additional material from the collection will be added on a monthly basis.

“I am so excited that the entire world will be able to hear some of these wonderful writers, such as Gabriel García Márquez and Octavio Paz, that we recorded for the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape. Hearing the voice of a writer – according to Chile’s Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral – brings him or her alive,” said Georgette Dorn, the chief of the Library’s Hispanic Division and curator of the archive.

Highlights from the launch include:

• Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges reading from his poems in 1958

• Spanish author Juan Ramón Jiménez reading from his prose and poetry in 1947 and 1949

• Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez reading from his work in 1977

• Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen reading from her work in 1985

• Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral reading from her work in 1972

• Chicano scholar and author Juan Bruce Novoa reading from his prose in 1979

• Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa reading from his work in 1977.

The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape at the Library of Congress began in 1943 and contains nearly 700 recordings of poets and prose writers participating in sessions at the Library’s recording laboratory and at other locations around Spain and Latin America. To date, writers from 32 countries are represented in this collection, which includes readings in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Náhuatl, Zapotec, Aymara, English and Dutch.

Direct to Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape

Source: (LC)

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