Dante, Pushkin, Longfellow, Neruda: D.C.'s Favorite Writers?
By Marc Fisher
Friday, March 16, 2007
We've got politicians popping up on street corners and
in traffic circles, and of course generals galore, and we even have
especially well-done tributes to Gandhi and Einstein, but a far less
noticed category of statuary in Washington is authors.
Kim Roberts, editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly,
has come up with an impressive list of the writers who are immortalized
in statues around the District, and the roster includes not only Francis
Scott Key and the greats depicted on the exterior of the Library of
Congress, but also Pushkin at GW, Dante (twice!) in Malcolm X Park and
at the Casa Italiana in the old downtown, Longfellow at Connecticut
and M (who knew?), and not only Neruda but a number of other prominent
Latin American writers at the Organization of American States building
near the Mall.
So, her challenge, which I hereby pick up, is for folks to find other
writers (and other artists, if you'd like to expand the category) who
are captured in public statuary in the city. A more expansive list of
honors for poets and authors--including not just statues, but museums,
monuments and parks--is here.
But if you know of other statues depicting writers and artists--not
necessarily outdoors, but at least accessible to the general public
and not including works in museums--come ahead.
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