Lost Voice

A remarkable story in the WaPo about a tape of a 1966 Pablo Neruda reading that was missing for 40 years before someone started looking. It’s been found:

But what the poet read at the Library of Congress was quick and almost simple when compared with the rich and long version Neruda presented for the IDB. Holding tight to the IDB tape, Dorn said, "It’s much better than what he read at the library."

In the summer of 1966, she was a 20-year-old who had just come to work at the library. That June day, Neruda did his reading, had lunch with poet Stephen Spender, then returned to Dorn’s office and asked, she said, "Can I see the papers of Walt Whitman?"

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