Editors and Translators: Olivia Loksing Moy & Marco Ramírez Rojas

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In Imagen de John Keats, renowned Argentinian author Julio Cortázar creates a unique dialogue between himself and British Romantic poet John Keats, marked by all the playfulness and erudition characteristic of his fiction. In this little-known work, written in 1952 but only published posthumously, Cortázar surprises his readers by staging various fresh encounters: intense depictions of friendships among artists, transcontinental, intellectual and touristic travel, and profound meditations on poetry and poetics. Cortázar’s biography displays a singular kinship with Keats, as they walk side by side in constant conversation across boundaries of chronological time and geographic space. Selections drawn from the six hundred-page original are published here in English for the first time, accompanied by an essay exploring the dynamics of collaborative translation.

Author Biography:

Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) was born in Brussels, Belgium. He lived in Argentina from 1918 until 1951, when he moved to Paris. Cortázar was a prolific novelist, short-story writer and translator. His literary works, including the novel Hopscotch(1963) and his collection Blow-Up and Other Stories (1966), are recognized as cornerstones of contemporary fiction. Cortázar was a translator of André Gide, G.K. Chesterton, Daniel Defoe, Edgar Allan Poe, and Marguerite Yourcenar. He received the Médicis Prize in 1974 and the Rubén Darío Order of Cultural Independence in 1983. He died in Paris in 1984.

Photo of Julio Cortázar in 1967 by Sara Facio.

John Keats (1795-1821) was a British Romantic poet who, within a short but prolific lifetime of just 25 years, composed some of the most enduring sonnets, odes, and romances in English poetry. Born to working-class parents in Enfield, he apprenticed as a doctor but distanced himself from his medical studies to devote his efforts to his literary career. By 1817, he had published his first volume of Poemsand saw his works printed and reviewed in Hunt’s The Examiner. His poem Endymion was published in 1818. In 1819, Keats composed The Eve of St. Agnes, La Belle Dame, Lamia, his remarkable sonnets, and the Great Odes. In search of warmer climes, he sailed for Italy in September but died by February 1821. He is buried in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome.

Portrait of John Keats by William Hilton.

Editors' Biography:

Olivia Loksing Moy is Assistant Professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York, where she specializes in Romantic and Victorian poetry. There, she founded the CUNY Rare Book Scholars, whose mission is to promote rare book and manuscript research amongst undergraduates by introducing them to archives and special collections, librarians and curators, and antiquarian booksellers and collectors. A native New Yorker, she was born and raised in Chinatown. She earned her AB in English from Princeton University and her PhD from Columbia University.

Marco Ramírez Rojas is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Lehman College, City University of New York. He specializes in twentieth-century Latin American poetry and contemporary narratives. He is an editor for the academic journal Ciberletras and has published in several academic journals. In 2018 he co-edited the volume Narrativas del miedo: Terror en obras literarias, cinematicas y televisivas de Latinoamerica (Peter Lang, 2018). He is originally from Ipiales, Colombia. He holds a BA in Literary Studies from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and received his PhD from the University of Ottawa in Canada.


Agencia Literaria Carmen Balcells.



Collected in: Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

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