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Poesía Esencial [Essential poetry]

Ernestina de Champourcin (Vitoria, 1905 – Madrid, 1999) is one of the most interesting literary female figures from the first and second half of the 20th century. She is such a significant author that at a very young age, she was included in the second anthology of Gerardo Diego and also won the recognition of the most demanding critics at that time. This current volume comprises the best known poetry by the author and provides a glimpse of her turbulent life as a feminist, both in Spain and during her time in exile.

The introduction and selection of texts for this volume was performed by Jaime Siles, Faculty Chair in Classics at the University of Valencia, and a writer, essayist, poet and literary critic.

Ensayo, narración y teatro [Essay, narration and theatre]

This anthology comprises a selection of essays, narratives and theatrical plays written by the multifaceted writer and economist, Valentín Andrés Álvarez (Grado, Asturias, 1981 -Oviedo, 1982). The novels Sentimental Dancing (1925) and Naufragio en la Sombra (1930) are also included, after which time the writer turned to playwriting. Before his dedication to theatre, Valentín Andrés combined his extensive career as an economist with his literary activity comprising essays, poetry and novels.

This anthology was prepared by the Faculty Chair of Spanish Literature, José María Martínez Cachero, who also wrote the prologue to this volume.

Claro y dificil [Clear and difficult]

José Bergamín (Madrid, 1895 – Fuenterrabía, Guipúzcoa, 1983) was one of the most controversial writers and intellectuals in 20th Century Spanish literature. Before the war, he worked as an essayist and editor, and was one of the founders and promoters of the generation of ’27. The war caused him to become more radical and shift from his Catholicism to a more uncompromising and die hard Spanish communism. In short, he was a dissenter, unclassifiable and contradictory.

Andrés Trapiello, the poet and Spanish novelist, was responsible for selecting the texts and writing the prologue to this volume.

Elogio de la impureza. Invenciones e intervenciones [Eulogy of impurity. Inventions and interventions]

Benjamín Jarnés (Codo, Zaragoza, 1888 – Madrid, 1949) was able to harmonize his writing style incorporating avant-garde audacity and brightness of style with profound issues and the imperative of artistic rigor during turbulent times. This volume presents an overview of the works of the creator and humanist who considered his intellectual independence to be non-negotiable. This work gathers a broad selection of both narrations and essays.

Domingo Ródenas de Moya, Professor of Literature at the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona and a specialist in avant-garde prose, was responsible for selecting the texts and was the author of the volume’s prologue.

Reseñas, artículos y narraciones [Reviews, articles and narratives]

Esteban Salazar Chapela (Málaga, 1900 – London, 1965) is one of the least appreciated contemporary authors. A regular collaborator to the Madrid newspapers El Sol and La Voz and the magazines La Gaceta Literaria and Revista de Occidente, he debuted as a writer in 1931 with Pero Sin Hijos. In Great Britain, where he lived in exile from 1939, he wrote critical reviews and opinion pieces that were published in the most important Hispano-American newspapers of that time.

Francisca Montiel Rayo, Professor of Spanish Language and Literature and the founding member of the study group Estudios del Exilio Literario (GEXEL) of the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, was responsible for compiling this anthology.