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Gabriela Mistral's renewed connection with New York

Gabriela Mistral's renewed connection with New York Colección Archivo del Escritor. Biblioteca Nacional de Chile

In 1922, when she was still unknown, the first book by Gabriela Mistral, Desolación, was published by the Instituto de las Españas in New York, a precursor of Instituto Cervantes in the city. It was the beginning of her career as an author. In a way it marked the destiny of her work, always more valued abroad than in Chile. Desolación would be published there after the New York edition, in 1923. The same would happen with Ternura, published in Spain in 1924, and Tala, published in Buenos Aires in 1938. In 1945 Those three books would be enough to make her the first Latin American author to be awarded the Nobel Prize. The Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage and the National Library of Chile, together with the Gabriela Mistral Foundation and Instituto Cervantes New York, come together to celebrate Gabriela Mistral on the occasion of the publication of her complete works.