Archive for January, 2023

The young Bob Dylan’s love letters and the Livraria Lello bookshop in Porto (Portugal)

When one thinks of Bob Dylan, Portugal is not a country that comes immediately to mind, though his song of 1975, ‘Sara’, does have the line ‘Drinking white rum in a Portugal bar’.  

Now, however, a surprising eventuality arises, as featured by the Portuguese news site Renascença on 13 January 2023:

Hugo Monteiro, ‘Livraria Lello revela cartas de amor de um Bob Dylan « adolescente e apaixonado »’

[‘Lello bookshop reveals love letters of Bob Dylan as « teenager in love »]


The city of Porto’s historic bookshop Livraria Lello has hitherto been best known outside Portugal as neighbouring on the equally historic café the Majestic, where J.K. Rowling is believed to have drafted notes over her café for the first Harry Potter book. Now comes a new international connection! Lello recently acquired at an auction a lot of 42 of Dylan’s early letters, of which three are now on public display on their premises. All three are love letters from the then Robert Allen Zimmerman’s teenage days.  –

A Dylanite surprise indeed! More (in Portuguese) at the url above …