Dispatches from the Republic of Letters


Edited by Daniel Simon

Celebrating the prize that has honored international literature’s top players, from Octavio Paz to Elizabeth Bishop, a groundbreaking collection of Neustadt Laureate acceptance speeches and literary evocations of the muse.

Publication Date: October 20th, 2020

Hardcover: 9781646050338

eBook: 9781646050345



“The centrifugal pull of great literature, as embodied by the work of these twenty-five writers, draws us into a fuller realization of our humanity.” ¬– Daniel Simon, editor-in-chief of World Literature Today

For the last fifty years, The Neustadt Prize has been one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world, second only to the Nobel. Poets, novelists, and playwrights from Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Orhan Pamuk to Czeslaw Milosz and Dubravka Ugresic are listed among the ranks of laureates. Now, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary, Dispatches from the Republic of Letters gathers the acceptance speeches of these twenty-five pioneering writers into one volume, edited and with an introduction by World Literature Today editor-in-chief Daniel Simon.

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“Like the prize itself, this volume is a tribute and a testament to literature, and a reward for readers.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Honorees have included Gabriel García Márquez, Elizabeth Bishop, Tomas Tranströmer, David Malouf, Claribel Alegría, and Dubravka Ugrešić, with obvious attention to a diverse body of writers from many traditions and ethnicities. Many of those writers have faced political repression at home… The enchanters gathered in this volume all merit our attention. A welcome anthology for readers of world letters.” —Kirkus Reviews