Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

A group of my translated letters between Gabriela Mistral and Doris Dana was first published in the winter 2015 issue of the Massachusetts Review and is included in this book with permission. I benefited from the excellent work of editors Jim Hicks and Emily Wojcik. ...

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Introduction. Gabriela Mistral and Doris Dana: Their Lives and Letters

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pp. 1-18

This book is a translation of the correspondence between the Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral (1889–1957), and her companion and executor, the North American writer Doris Dana (1920–2006). These letters, the vast majority of which are by Mistral, were written from 1948 to 1956, ending a few months before the poet’s death in January 1957. ...

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Chapter One. 1948–1950: California and Mexico

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pp. 19-186

My dear teacher:
I’ve taken the liberty of sending you, in the name of New Directions Press, your copy of The Stature of Thomas Mann. If it had been possible I would have preferred, of course, to enjoy the privilege of personally putting this book in your hands. In our age besieged by commercialism, a volume such as this one is worthy of much grace ...

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Chapter Two. 1952: Italy

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pp. 187-306

[Doris Dana and Gabriela Mistral spent all of 1951 and half of 1952 together in Italy. Palma Guillén accepted a post at the Mexican embassy in Rome, and she visited regularly and was able to help Dana with Mistral’s affairs. In June 1952 Dana traveled in Europe with the Bolivian sculptor Marina Núñez del Prado and then left for New York City.] ...

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Chapter Three. 1953–1956: Roslyn (Long Island) and New Orleans

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pp. 307-342

[In 1952 Mistral was named Chilean consul in Florida, but shortly thereafter she was reassigned to New York. Since Mistral hated New York City, she and Dana moved to Roslyn, Long Island, in April 1953. She was very involved in work at the United Nations: she represented Chile at meetings of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 1953 and 1954 ...

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Afterword: Doris Dana and Her Family

Doris Atkinson

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pp. 343-350

Many people have asked me, as Gabriela Mistral’s executor, certain questions throughout the process of transferring Mistral’s literary materials to Chile. Did I read the letters between Doris Dana and Gabriela Mistral? What did I think of them? Until Pedro Pablo Zegers, of the National Library of Chile, graciously made copies of the transcripts of the letters available to me ...

Appendix A. Correspondence about Gabriela Mistral

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pp. 351-358

Appendix B. Biographies of Some of the Individuals Mentioned in the Letters

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pp. 359-364

Appendix C. Chronology of Gabriela Mistral

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pp. 365-368

Notes

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pp. 369-374

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 375-380

Index

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pp. 381-386