"The best introduction to Neruda available in English... few other books... have given me so much delight so easily."
– The Austin Chronicle
"The call for a more accessible collection of Neruda's important poems is answered with City Lights' The Essential Neruda, a 200-page edition that offers 50 of Neruda's key poems. The editors and translators know how to extract gold from a lifetime of prolific writing. If you want a handy Neruda companion and don't know where to begin, this is it."
– The Bloomsbury Review
"A splendid way to begin a love affair with our Pablo or, having already succumbed to his infinite charms, revisit him passionately again and again and yet again."
– Ariel Dorfman, Pulitzer-Prize winning author
"What better way to honor one of the world's great poets than with crystalline new translations of 50 of his most enticing poems?"
– San Francisco magazine