Collection CHC0110 - Humberto Piñera Llera Papers

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Humberto Piñera Llera Papers


  • 1942-1986 (Creation)


5 Boxes

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Humberto Piñera Llera (1911-1986) was a Cuban author, philosopher, and educator.

Born in Cárdenas, Cuba, in 1911, Llera was the oldest son of Juan Manuel Piñera and María Cristina Llera and brother of the recognized writer Virgilio Piñera. During his professional life in Cuba, he served as a professor of philosophy at the University of Havana from 1946 to 1960. Dr. Piñera was a founding member of the Cuban Society of Philosophy and the PEN Club of Cuba. He was named Academician of the National Academy of Arts and Letters of Cuba and a Member of Honor of the Argentinian Society of Philosophy, and served as editor for the Revista Cubana de Filosofía (Cuban Journal of Philosophy).

Piñera was exiled to the United States in 1961, where he took on a professorship in Hispanic and Spanish literature at New York University (NYU) and acted as resident director of NYU’s program in Spain. He served as a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York and Middlebury College in Vermont, while also lecturing at important cultural centers in North and South America throughout his career. An accomplished writer, Piñera authored countless journal articles and books, most famously Idea, sentimiento y sensibilidad de José Martí(1982) and Sartre y su idea de la libertad (posthumous, 1989). After his retirement from NYU, he taught at Miami-Dade Community College and Biscayne College in Miami. Piñera died in Miami, Florida in 1986.

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The Humberto Piñera Llera papers contains the personal papers of Humberto Piñera Llera, Cuban philosopher, essayist, literary critic and educator. Documents in the collection include correspondence, manuscripts of articles written by Piñera for Diario de las Américasand other periodicals, along with newspaper and magazine clippings of articles on literature, philosophy and Cuba. The collection also contains manuscripts of his conference speeches, class lectures and syllabi and outlines of courses taught by him from 1961 to 1986. The working papers for two of his major works, Idea, sentimiento y sendibilidad de José Martíand Sastre y su idea de la libertad, can be found in the collection, along with original manuscripts of books authored by others. A section of the collection houses papers relating to Piñera’s brother, playright Virgilio Piñera Llera (1912-1979). A series of diplomas, commendations and certificates of merit awarded to Humberto Piñera round out the collection.

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The materials in this collection are arranged in the following series by subject: Series I, Academic Work; Series II, Writings, further divided into Articles and Manuscripts; Series III, Writings by Others; Series IV, Awards and Recognition; and Series V, Artwork. Original order has been preserved when appropriate.

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  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese

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This collection was formerly known as the Estela Piñera Keim Collection.

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This collection was formerly known as the Estela Piñera Keim Collection.

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