Fernando Alegria is a poet, writer, literary critic and scholar.
Alegria is the son of Santiago Alegria Toro and Julia Alfaro Olivares. He married Carmen Letona Melendez on 29 January, 1943. Alegria grew up in the Independencia barrio of Santiago de Chile. This barrio was filled with the dreams of immigrants from all over the world and gave birth to the lyrical voices of Pablo Neruda, Violeta Parra and Volodia Teitelboim, and gave Alegria not only his voice but also his indomitable spirit of rebellion and sense of national identity.
From 1964-1967, Alegria was a professor at the University of California in Berkeley. From 1967-1998 he was a professor at Stanford University and for many years he was Chair of the Spanish and Portuguese Language Departments there. He sat on the Board of Trustees at the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) for about twenty years beginning with its inception in 1975.
Fernando Alegria Papers, 1924-2000
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
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