“Picture this: You’re an Argentine teenager, sitting in a lecture hall on the first day of classes, ready to learn about the history of English literature. In walks your kindly, elderly professor, and suddenly he starts speaking, about everything from to , sometimes quoting entire paragraphs, without any notes whatsoever. He’s also blind (and has been for more than a decade). What would your reaction be?” — The Globe & Mail
“Readers will probably find more enthralling as a document of Borges himself than as a guide to English literature. Borges’s vast erudition is felt everywhere in these pages, and he is at his best when he digresses.” — Will Glovinsky (The Rumpus)
“Borges’ delivery will engross you — he is an excellent storyteller.” — New York Daily News
Jorge Luis Borges (1890-1982), Argentine poet, critic, and short-story writer, revolutionized modern literature. He was completely blind when appointed the head of Argentina’s National Library.
Katherine Silver is an award-winning literary translator and the co-director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC).
Martín Hadis is a professor, writer, and researcher.
Martín Arias is a writer, journalist, and senior researcher at the National Library's Center for Research in Argentina.
Amazing opportunity - the authors recreated Borges' English Literature lectures in Univerdidad de Buenos AiresPublished 1 day ago by Carlos Crosetti
A series of lectures on English literary history by an Argentinian great. Very eccentric in their emphasis as he concentrates first on medieval literature for a third of the... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Charlus
Borges is widely held to be the greatest ever writer in the Spanish Language. This translation is a boon to people like me who are not nearly literate enough in Spanish to begin to... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Joschka
Never thought I would stick to a book which is a whole-course set of lectures on English literature but I find Borges style so fascinating. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Denis Kohl
I usually read Borges in Spanish. These lecture notes from his English literature course was interesting, but not what I had expected. Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Darragh
Borges was a great admirer of English literature. In this series of lectures from 1966, he discusses the lives and works of many outstanding authors including Beowulf, Samuel... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer