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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.

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.

Prosas [Prose]

José Díaz Fernández (Aldea del Obispo, Salamanca, 1898 – Toulouse, 1941) is one of the most relevant figures within the group of young intellectuals who became well known during the 1920s. This volume highlights the importance of his contributions to the literature of those decades by gathering the essential core of his writings and essays, which served to make him one of the most noteworthy voices of republican literature.

Nigel Dennis, Faculty Chair of Contemporary Spanish Literature at the University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom and author of numerous studies on the most relevant writers of the first third of the 20th century was responsible for compiling this volume.

Obras literarias [Literary works]

This volume features an excellent sample of Rafael Dieste’s work (Rianxo, 1899  -  Santiago de Compostela, 1981), including poetry, stories, playwriting, journalism, philological, and even mathematical essays. A highly creative and bilingual writer, he was also able to positively influence a number of tensions brewing between Galicia and Spain. Dieste’s character lay between being a common man and cultured, and between traditional and the avant-garde.

Darío Villanueva, the Faculty Chair of theory of Compared Literature of the University of Santiago de Compostela, was responsible for the selection and prologue of the compilation’s texts.