Pablo Neruda: Passion, Poetry, Politics

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After openly denouncing the president of Chile in 1948, Pablo Neruda was declared an enemy of his own country. Despite being forced into exile for three years, Neruda maintained his political views. Nothing could deter Neruda from these beliefs or his most celebrated passion-poetry. In this biography, author Jodie A. Shull explores the life of this talented writer from his childhood in the Chilean rain forests to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Overview

After openly denouncing the president of Chile in 1948, Pablo Neruda was declared an enemy of his own country. Despite being forced into exile for three years, Neruda maintained his political views. Nothing could deter Neruda from these beliefs or his most celebrated passion-poetry. In this biography, author Jodie A. Shull explores the life of this talented writer from his childhood in the Chilean rain forests to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Children's Literature - Lesley Moore Vossen
This biography of the extraordinary Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, begins with an exciting moment of his life, when he speaks in Paris at the first Congress of Partisans of Peace in 1949. For more than a year, there had been no news of Neruda. Friends, such as artist Pablo Picasso, feared he might have been imprisoned by the government of Chile for speaking out against the President, but his friends in Chile had hidden him and smuggled him over the Andes Mountains into Argentina. Born in 1904, in central Chile, a place that Neruda remembered for its cold rain, Neruda knew he wanted to be a poet from the time he was ten. Neruda's father did not approve of his writing and sent him to Santiago to learn to be a teacher. By the time he was twenty, he had published two books of poetry and was famous throughout Latin America but still poor. He became a diplomat, beginning his career in Rangoon. He returned to Chile after five years in the Far East. Throughout Neruda's career and his travels from Spain to Latin America, politics was an important part of his life, and his membership in the Communist Party caused him great difficulties with the rulers in power. Neruda received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. In his acceptance speech, he talked of a new "City of Man" that would be filled with freedom and justice. This book gives a good overview of Neruda's life but contains only a few excerpts of his poetry. It is one of the series of biographies in the "Latino Biography Library" series published by Enslow. Good reference material, including a list of the selected works of Neruda, a chronology, a list of further reading books, and internet addresses accompanies the biography. Reviewer:Lesley Moore Vossen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766029668
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Latino Biography Library
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

1 "He Is Pablo Neruda" 7

2 Child of the Rain Forest 15

3 Santiago Student Poet 27

4 Diplomat East and West 36

5 Closer to Blood Than to Ink 49

6 All the Americas 60

7 Poet-in-Exile 72

8 Poet at Home 84

9 Isla Negra 95

10 A Legacy of Joy 105

Selected Works 112

Chronology 114

Chapter Notes 117

Further Reading 124

Internet Addresses 125

Index 126

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