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FROM DYLAN WITH LOVE

2023-03-14

On the anniversary day, the Most Beautiful Bookshop in the World, exhibited the love letters handwritten by the musician and Nobel Prize for North American literature Bob Dylan.

In November 2022, Livraria Lello acquired, at an auction in New York, 150 pages written by teenager Robert Zimmerman, now known as Bob Dylan, from girlfriend Barbara Ann Hewitt at the time.

In the year 1957, Bob Dylan wrote, to his first love, everyday themes related to dreams and music, and that is what gives the letters a very personal character. “He is presented there in an intimate, raw way, revealing himself to the world”, says Aurora Pedro Pinto, manager of the bookshop, in an interview with JPN. When questioned about what motivated her to buy the cards, she replied “dream and passion”, and these, “are the ingredients that are most part of the DNA of this house”.

On the day Livraria Lello celebrated its 117th anniversary, a treasured letter was displayed that speaks of the dreams of teenager Bob Dylan. "We will continue to study the letters, analyze them and we will certainly dedicate other moments to this treasure that is now part of the LL collection", stated Aurora Pedro Pinto.

The manuscript, housed in an installation called “From Dylan With Love”, will be on display until spring.

“From Dylan with Love”