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Current Maughan Library exhibition

Vicente Soto: a Spanish author in London

The Weston Room, The Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR

Tuesday 10 January to Saturday 21 January 2017

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09.30 - 17.00; Saturday 10.00 - 18.00

Portrait of Vicente SotoWe have a curated a small exhibition to mark the gift to King’s College London of the books and papers of Vicente Soto (1919-2011). This exhibition runs from Tuesday 10 January to Saturday 21 January 2017 in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library.

For over 50 years from 1954, Valencian author Vicente Soto forged his literary career in London, living in self-imposed exile from the Francoist regime in Spain.

Fluent in English but writing in his native language, Soto composed plays, short stories and novels imbued with the spirit of his homeland but characterised by the exile’s double perspective of detachment and longing.

This capsule exhibition marks the publication of Soto’s collected correspondence with another great figure in post-war Spanish literature, his life-long friend Antonio Buero Vallejo (1916-99), and the generous donation of Soto’s personal library and archive to King’s College London.

Identity card of Vicente SotoWe would like to thank the Soto family and King’s College London Archives for their kind assistance in the preparation of this exhibition.

A guide to the exhibition is available below:

Guide to the Vicente Soto exhibition, January 2017, (965 kb)

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