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La forja de un escritor

Camilo José Cela (Iria Flavia, 1916 –Madrid, 2002) is an essential figure in 20th century Spanish Literature. His early years were characterized by his active journalistic work that helped shape his polyphonic personality as a writer. From these extensive journalistic collaborations, La forja de un escritor (1943-1952) includes fifty articles – mainly taken from Arriba y La Vanguardia Española, and which comprise three sections based on the following themes: the life experiences of the young artist, the successive reflections on the writer and writing, and reflections on painting and other arts (cinema, music, photography).

Without a doubt, this is a suggestive approach to the multifaceted Camilo José Cela that reveals a new Cela, who combines realistic lyric with his own vital experience.

Adolfo Sotelo Vázquez is the Faculty Chair of Spanish Literature at the University of Barcelona and Director of the Camilo José Cela Chair for Hispanic Studies at the University Camilo José Cela in Madrid. For over twenty years he has dedicated his work to both the character and the cultural and literary world of Camilo José Cela, and has edited several of his most important works.

 

Diario del Nuevo Mundo

“Since last night I am changed within”. This is how this unpublished diary by Juan Larrea begins. This lost prophet of the generation of ’27 is one of the great Spanish poets and essayists of the 20th century. From 1942 to 1947, following his exile from Mexico, Larrea experimented with his literary prose, merging worldwide events and the laws that governed them with his every day routine and inner feelings. This is a story between the real and the mythical, which points to a New World and is based on love and the redemption of mankind.

The book includes an introduction by the Hispanist, Gabriele Morelli and a prologue by Juan Manuel Díaz de Guereñu, Faculty Chair of Literature at the University of Deusto and a respected specialist on the author.

Castillo interior

This publication comprises unpublished texts written by León Felipe (Tábara, 1884-México D.F., 1968) that are essential for understanding one of the great poets of the 20th century and the state of exile. This work is divided in two parts, one titled « Aposentos » about the creative workshop of the pilgrim bard, lively verses and spirited discourses, the second is called « Moradas » and a revelation of heartfelt confessions revealed through different unpublished letters, among which we can highlight the correspondence with Juan Larrea, one of the most enriching testimonies about Spanish exile due to its sense of emotion and depth.

Gonzalo Santonja, Faculty Chair of the Complutense University of Madrid and Javier Expósito Lorenzo, were responsible for the collection and wrote the prologue and the anthology of this volume; the texts of which come from the Archivo Histórico Provincial de Zamora and the Residencia de Estudiantes.

El camino es nuestro

This anthology comprises a selection of journalistic, social and humanistic articles, short essays, journals, and correspondence from these pioneering writers who were historically committed to womens’ rights.. These two women shared a deep friendship and understanding, hence being edited in the same volume. Elena Fortún ( Madrid, 1886-1952), was known for her popular children’s literature character “Celia”, while Matilde Ras ( Tarragona, 1881-1969), was considered to be the main European expert of the time in graphology although her literary talents were unknown until today.

Professor María Jesús Fraga was in charge of selecting the texts and the Faculty Chair Nuria Capdevila-Argüelles of Exeter University wrote the introduction.