Biography and History

Alberto Girri was born on 27 November 1919 in the Argentine capital, the son of Juan and Delfina (Scelza) Girri. Later, he studied in the department of philosophy and letters at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He published his first book, Playa sola, in 1946, and went on to author over 30 poetry volumes and several of prose. Girri was a member of the “generación de los cuarenta” (40s generation), and his use of surrealism and hermeticism have earned him much renown. During the nearly fifty years of his literary career he received many international poetry prizes, as well as two Guggenheim Foundation fellowships in 1964 and 1977. Girri also collaborated in the literary supplement of La Nación and Sur, and translated into Spanish writings by Blake, Eliot, Spender, Hopkins, and Wallace Stevens. He died in Buenos Aires in 1991.

Source: From the finding aid for C0259

  • Selected Papers of Alberto Girri. 1960-1987 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0259

    The Selected Papers of Alberto Girri consists of English translations of selected poems, poetry manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and a collection of interviews of the Argentine poet Alberto Girri (1919-1991).