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About the Author
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), one of the most renowned poets of the twentieth century, was born in Parral, Chile. He shared the World Peace Prize with Paul Robeson and Pablo Picasso in 1950, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971. His books include Residence on Earth, Canto General, Extravagaria, and Isla Negra.Hardie St. Martin translated work by Vincente Aleixandre, Roque Dalton, Enrique Lihn, Nicanor Parra, and Luisa Valenzuela, among others. He was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in 1965, a P.E.N. International Translation Award, and an ALTA award for excellence in editing and translation. His anthology of Spanish poetry, Roots and Wings, is still considered a literary landmark. Hardie died September 3, 2007. Adrian Nathan West is the author of The Aesthetics of Degradation. He is a contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review; his essays, short fiction and translations have also appeared in the New York Review of Books, McSweeney's, the London Review of Books and other publications. He has translated books from German, Catalan, Spanish and French by authors such as Josef Winkler, Pere Gimferrer and Marianne Fritz.