John L. Lewine Esperanto Collection, 1908-1982.
Call no.: RB 028
A constructed language developed by a Polish physician, L.L. Zamenhof, and first published in 1887, Esperanto is the most widely spoken auxiliary language in the world. Fundamentally utopian in origin, Esperanto is a simplified and highly rationalized language derived from a pastiche of languages, primarily European. By creating a universal second language, Zamenhof hoped that Esperanto would help transcend national and cultural boundaries and thus promote peace and understanding in a fractious world. A graduate of Yale and the Sorbonne, John L. Lewine (d. 1982) was a noted internationalist and Esperantist. Active in Esperanto circles in Europe and the United States, he was a life member of the Universal Esperanto Association, president of the New York Esperanto Society, and president of the International Society of Friendship and Goodwill.
Founded with the arrival of the library of John L. Lewine, the Esperanto book collection includes instructional materials in the language from around the world along with a diversity of imprints ranging from novels and poetry to travel books, histories and biographies, political writings, materials on China and Vietnam, children’s literature, and even a cookbook. We expect to add to the collection in future.
- Languages, Artificial