Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Enrique Lihn papers
Date (inclusive): 1941-1988
30 Linear Feet
(62 boxes, 2 flat file folders)
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
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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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.
Open for use by qualified researchers.
Enrique Lihn papers, 1941-1988, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 990050
Acquired in 1999.
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.
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
Subjects - Names
Borges, Jorge Luis
Subjects - Topics
Symbolism (Literary movement)
Art, Latin America
Latin American poetry
Literature -- Study and teaching
Genres and Forms of Material
Drawings (visual works)
Collages (visual works)
Belli, Carlos Germán
O'Hara Gonzales, Edgar
Vargas Llosa, Mario
Villegas Morales, Juan