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Ensayos [Essays]

Fernando Vela (Oviedo, 1888 - Llanes, 1966) was a well-known figure in Spanish culture and his name was highly respected in the Spanish journalism world. He was responsible for publishing the magazine Revista  de Occidente, together with José Ortega y Gasset. This collection of essays is a testimony to his broad scope of interests that spanned history and modern times, as well as literature and art, politics, sociology, philosophy and science. Although Vela was published in several compilations, a small percentage of his excellent works remain unpublished.

Eduardo Creus, Professor of Spanish literature at the University of Turin, has compiled the best essays included in this volume, and also wrote the introduction.

Artículos selectos [Selected articles]

Exile and an early death made Juan José Domenchina (Madrid, 1898-CIudad de México, 1959) one of the great forgotten authors of prose of the generation of ’27, despite him being one of the most influential writers in the Spanish literary scene during the pre-war period. He had a highly personal style with ties to both conceptist and Baroque trends. After his forced exile, Juan José Domenchica evolved into an existential poet full of pain and suffering yet, at times, exuding a certain hope.

This hispanist and expert gongorist, Amelia de Paz has gathered in this volume the best of his articles and is also responsible for the inspirational introduction.

Nostalgia, intimidad y aristocracia [Nostalgia, intimacy and aristocracy]

Agustín de Foxá (Madrid, 1906-1959) continues to be a distinguished author within Spanish 20th century literature. His name is associated with a dark time in history and this memorable novel was written as war propaganda. The present anthology reveals various previously unknown records of his writing. He projected a distinctive view in virtually all genres. This book offers a global interpretation of a complex career and encourages the in-depth study of the works of Count Foxá regardless of the clichés.

The philosopher and writer Jordi Amat was responsible for the selection of the texts included in this volume and wrote the prologue.

Poesía y revelación [Poetry and revelation]

This volume is dedicated to Juan Larrea (Bilbao, 1895 - Córdoba, Argentina, 1980), one of the most influential and disconcerting artists of the generation of ’27, considered to be the greatest poet of Spanish avant-garde by many critics at the end of the seventies. This anthology, comprises almost all the poems from the Versión Celeste (1969), together with the most significant texts of Orbe (1930), as well as a wide sample of his essays, including Rendición del Espíritu (1943), El Surrealismo entre Viejo y Nuevo Mundo (1944) and La Espada de la Paloma (1956).

The selection of texts and the prologue are written by Gabrielle Morelli, Faculty Chair of Spanish Literature at the University of Bérgamo and a prestigious Spanish hispanist who specialised in the generation of ’27.

La experiencia literaria y otros ensayos [The literary experience and other essays]

Neither the reflective vocation nor the instinct for learning ruined the literary prowess within Alfonso Reyes (Monterrey, 1889 – México D.F., 1959). He was the owner of his style with his short stories and chronicles on literary life in the 1920s in Madrid. He exuded a maturity that culminated in the 1940s in Mexico when he evolved as an original and learned literary theoretic, as well as essayist in the splendid pages of “The literary experience” which arose from private letters written to friends and covered an early period of the writer’s work.

Jordi Gracia, Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Barcelona, has written the prologue to this volume and collected the most noteworthy works among the prose and essays written by Alfonso Reyes. Gracia structured the selection around three concepts: his connection with the generation of 27, his role representing Iberoamerica and his exportation of the literary experience.

Periodismo y literatura [Journalism and literature]

This volume is dedicated to the writer, journalist and poet, Corpus Barga, the pseudonym for Andrés García de Barga y Gomez de la Serna (Madrid, 1887 - Lima, 1975), in whose work reflects characteristics of authors such as Azorín, Baroja, Valle-Inclán, which combine with Barga’s inherent mastery and skill. Periodismo y Literatura represents the essential cornerstone of his work in prose and includes representative fragments of his memoirs, Los Pasos Contados, as well as comments on his travels, literary works on personages from the 20th century, and articles on the Spanish Second Republic and exile in France.

The Faculty Chair of Spanish Language and Literature, Arturo Ramoneda, was responsible for selecting the works and wrote the prologue.