Pedro Mir (1913–2000) is recognized as the Dominican Republic's foremost literary figure of the twentieth century. Since publishing his first poems in 1937, he sought through literature to place the Caribbean experience in global historical perspective. He also produced work in the fields of history, fiction, and art criticism and theory. In 1947, the subject of mounting suspicions of the Trujillo dictatorship, he was forced to go into exile. When he returned fifteen years later, following the death of the dictator, the poet immediately won the hearts of the Dominican people, and his poetry readings were mass public events attended by enthusiastic crowds of citizens from every walk of life. In 1982 the legislature of the Dominican Congress conferred upon him the title of National Poet, and in 1993 he received the National Prize for Literature, the highest honor a literary artist can receive in the Dominican Republic. On the occasion of Mir's death, the president of the Dominican Republic declared three days of national mourning and celebrated the poet's memory and his work: "[Don Pedro] will always be with us because his thinking was transcendent, and he truly fathomed the national Dominican soul."
Titles featuring Pedro Mir
Book reviews for Pedro Mir
- Countersong to Walt Whitman: A bilingual edition, translated by Jonathan Cohen & Donald D. WalshPrice: £12.99
Review written by the ALTA judges for the 2019 National Translation Award longlist
- Poems of Good Love... and Sometimes FantasyPrice: £9.99
Review written by Nicholas Birns for Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Issue 106, Vol. 56, No. 1, 2023, 119–120 Review written by Richard Price and Sally Price for New West Indian Guide