Dead wrongBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1176 (Published 06 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1176
- Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor
The most famous writer of the name Neruda is undoubtedly Pablo, the Chilean poet who won the Nobel prize for literature. He took his name, however, from Jan Neruda, the Czech writer of the second half of the 19th century whom he admired. Perhaps the reasons for the choice of an author’s pseudonym would make an interesting, if pointless, study in itself.
Jan Neruda is remembered mainly for his tales of Prague life, especially in a district known as the Little Quarter. This was a self contained community, full of interesting characters such as the army doctor regarded locally as a hero because he told a …