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Lihn, Enrique
Enrique Lihn Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1965-2006 (mostly 1966)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists primarily of letters written to Nathalie Waag by Enrique Lihn, a Chilean poet.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 30 letters written by Enrique Lihn to Nathalie Waag during their romantic involvement in 1965-1966, as well as one additional letter written in 1974. Also included are photographs of Lihn, Waag, and their respective children; typescripts of two poems by Lihn; and a pamphlet bearing ballpoint pen sketches by Lihn.

Collection Creator Biography:

Lihn, Enrique

Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1929, Enrique Lihn was a popular poet and novelist. His published works include Poesía de paso (1966), La orquesta de cristal (1976), and Derechos de autor (1981). Lihn received several awards and honors in his lifetime, such as the 1966 Casa de las Américas prize for poetry for Poesía de paso, the Pedro de Oña prize and a municipal prize for La misiquilla de las pobres esferas, and fellowships from UNESCO and Guggenheim. Lihn died in Santiago in 1988.

Collection History


Purchased from Peter B. Howard in 2007 (AM2007-79).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Danielle Ford on March 1, 2007. Finding aid written by Danielle Ford on March 1, 2007.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Enrique Lihn Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1