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Pablo Neruda reading for the AHLOT in 1966 (Prints and Photographs Division, LC)


The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape was begun in 1943 by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress to record on magnetic tape original voice recordings of selections of the writings of contemporary poets and prose writers. To date, close to 750 authors have been recorded; among them are nine Nobel laureates. Three are from Spain: Juan Ramón Jiménez, Vicente Aleixandre, and Camilo José Cela, and six from Latin America: Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda (Chile), Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Octavio Paz (Mexico), and Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru). Other authors of note include Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Elena Poniatowska, Carlos Fuentes, Jorge Amado, and Nélida Piñón. Writers from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the Caribbean and U.S. Hispanics have been recorded. To date 32 countries are represented in this diverse audiovisual collection which includes readings in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Náhuatl, Zapotec, Aymara, English and Dutch. About 50 percent of the writers were recorded overseas. The remainder of the recordings have been taped at the Library of Congress. Researchers may listen to the recordings in the Hispanic Division Reading Room. The AHLOT is still actively capturing the voices of contemporary Luso-Hispanic literature to this day.

A selection of the AHLOT was launched online on September 2015. For the first time a number of these recordings are available as streamed audio. 5 new digitized recordings are uploaded to the website every month.

The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape: A Descriptive Guide

(Washington: Library of Congress, 1974) provides information on the first 232
authors who recorded for the Archive.


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