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Finding aid for the Enrique Lihn papers, 1941-1988
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Enrique Lihn papers
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1988
    Number: 990050
    Creator/Collector: Lihn, Enrique
    Physical Description: 30.0 linear feet (62 boxes, 2 flat file folders)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Chilean poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. Papers include Lihn's correspondence with poets, writers, publishers, artists, critics, and friends and family. His notebooks contain drafts of his writings, drawings, and notes. Other files hold research and lecture notes, drawings and collages, clippings and ephemera, as well as manuscripts by others. Included are some papers of the Chilean painter Pablo Burchard collected and maintained by Lihn.
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    Language: Collection material is in Spanish; Castilian

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Chilean poet, artist and critic. Enrique Lihn was born in Santiago de Chile in 1929. He studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes, first painting, then literature, and published his first book of poetry, Nada se escurre in 1949. He became a well-known poet, playwright, and novelist in Latin America. Though published in the United States, he remained relatively unknown to English readers. He taught Latin American literature at the University of Chile, and died in 1988, weeks after completing his last book, Diario de Muerto.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Enrique Lihn papers, 1941-1988, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 990050

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1999.

    Processing History

    Processed and described by Rheim Alkadhi. Original arrangement, while occasionally puzzling, has for the most part been maintained.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers include correspondence with poets, literary writers and journalists, publishers, artists, critics, and family and friends. Lihn's writing, teaching, and friendships with writers and artists are documented in research and lecture notes; clippings, offprints and other printed matter; drafts of poems, lectures, essays; publications and photocopies of publications. Approximately 100 notebooks contain transcripts of interviews, drafts of poems, plays and film scripts, notes for teaching. Lihn's continued interest in visual art can be seen in the drawings and collages he made. Also included are some of the papers of the Chilean painter, Pablo Burchard, which were collected and maintained by Lihn.
    Note: italicized numbers and letter-number combinations (eg, caja A-3) in brackets indicate those written on some of the file folders, notebooks or groups of papers probably by the dealer. There seem to be multiple numbering systems, the meaning of which is not clear.

    Arrangement note

    Organized in 14 series: Series I. Correspondence, 1941-1988, bulk 1962-1988; Series II. Notebooks, circa 1950s-1980s; Series III. Lecture notecards, circa 1973-1987; Series IV. Manuscripts, circa 1950s-circa 1980s; Series V. Personal documents, 1961-1988; Series VI. Various papers by and about others, circa 1960s-1980s; Series VII. Papers of Pablo Burchard, circa 1937-1969; Series VIII. Various papers about Enrique Lihn; Series IX. Interviews with Lihn, 1966-1987; Series X. Academia: lectures and notes, 1973-1987; Series XI. Photographs and negatives, undated; Series XII. Artworks, circa 1970s-1980s; Series XIII. Clipping, offprints and other publications, 1949-1984; Series XIV. Sound recordings, undated

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Baudelaire, Charles, 1821-1867
    Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986
    Burchard, Pablo
    Dittborn, Eugenio
    Huidobro, Vicente, 1893-1948
    Lihn, Enrique
    Mallarmé, Stéphane, 1842-1898
    Mistral, Gabriela, 1889-1957
    Rimbaud, Arthur, 1854-1891

    Subjects - Topics

    Art, Latin America
    Latin American poetry
    Literature--Study and teaching
    Symbolism (Literary movement)

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Carbon copies
    Clippings files
    Collages (visual works)
    Drawings (visual works)
    Letters (correspondence)
    Photographic prints
    Sound recordings


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    Kozer, José
    Lastra, Pedro
    Laughlin, James, 1914-1997
    Libertella, Héctor, 1945-2006
    Marin, Germán, 1934-
    O'Hara Gonzales, Edgar
    Ortega, Julio, 1942-
    Paz, Octavio, 1914-1998
    Rojas, Gonzalo, 1917-2011
    Rojas, Waldo, 1944-
    Schapf, Federico
    Unger, David
    Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936-
    Villegas Morales, Juan, 1934-