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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.

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.

Miradas sobre el presente: ensayos y sociología [A look at the present: essays and sociology]

Francisco Ayala (Granada, 1906 – Madrid, 2009), is a classic name among world literature of the 20th century. His role as a sociologist and essayist is, unfortunately, less known by the general public, despite its considerable value. For this reason, this anthology, edited the year of the centenary of his birth, aims to bring the reader closer to some of his most important essays and sociological articles on current issues or that offer us a clear interpretation on a number of relevant problems.

Doctor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid, Alberto J. Ribes Leiva. was responsible for selecting the texts included in this volume. 

Materiales para una biografía [Material for a biography]

Dionisio Ridruejo was virtually exiled from public life after his return from the División Azul (Blue Division) in 1942. Materiales Para una Biografía includes letters and journals of his experience in Russia with the División Azul, as well as other works that reflect his profound intellectual strength and depth. Ridruejo wrote the most insightful and illuminating pages on the fascist phenomenon in Spain and was able to explain the steps between signing two verses of the Cara al Sol (Spanish Falange party Anthem) and supporting a ‘left-wing without rhetoric’.

Jordi Gracia, Professor of Literature at the University of Barcelona, and the author of several books on the intellectual history of Spain in the 20th century, was responsible for selecting the texts for this current volume. 

Casticismo, nacionalismo y vanguardia

This anthology of Ernesto Giménez Caballero (Madrid, 1899-1988) reflects a steel penned writer, with a risky style and a vocation for essay-writing that was fundamental in the Spanish literature of the ‘30s. He was the promoter of the so-called generation of ’27 and other young talented writers of the time. His literary work lay undiscovered due to his political commitments. Some of his works included in the present volume are Los Toros, Las Castañuelas y  la Virgen or Arte y Estado.

José Carlos Mainer, literary historian and critic, was responsible for selecting and writing the prologue of this work by one of the most important authors from the Spanish avant-garde movement.

Obra Literaria (2 vols) [Literary work]

These two volumes comprise the literary works of the Spanish painter, engraver and writer José Gutiérrez-Solana (Madrid, 1886 - 1945), who presents in his works the most sordid and degraded aspects of the Spain he knew. The first volume comprises the two series from Madrid, Escenas y Costumbres and the second La España Negra, Madrid Callejero, Dos Pueblos de Castilla,plus the novel Florencio Cornejo, which includes an introductory text with the superb prose by the Nobel winner Camilo José Cela.

The prologue includes the speech by Camilo José Cela made when he was admitted to the Real Academia Española, which concerns the literary works of Gutiérrez-Solana, as well as two extremely interesting articles on censorship and the editors of Solana’s work written by the writer himself.

Prosa [Prose]

This volume is dedicated to the Mexican group of writers known as the “Contemporáneos”, the most important during times of war and one of the most active in Hispano-America at the time. The origins of this group date from 1918 and its activity continued until the end of the thirties. The main characteristic of its members was their cosmopolitan conception of culture and the demanding avant-garde character of their literary production, which was matched with the New Spanish Art or the leading European writers of the time.

Domingo Ródenas wrote the extraordinary prologue and chose the selection of works for this volume which includes the following authors: Salvador Novo, Gilberto Owen, Jaime Torres Bodet, Jorge Cuesta, José Martínez Sotomayor, José Gorostiza y Xavier Villaurrutia.

Obra crítica [Critical works]

This anthology is of the work of Enrique Díez-Canedo (Badajoz, 1879 – Cuernavaca, México, 1944), one of the best literary critics in the history of Spain and one of the most influential intellectual personalities from the early decades of the 20th century. A poet, essayist, professor of art, French language and literature, translator and journalist, his critiques are indispensable for the study of the first third of the Spanish literature of the 20th century.

This volume comprises theatrical critiques which were fundamental in comprehending the evolution of Spanish play-writing during the inter-war period, as well as literary studies, texts and biographical sketches of the most noteworthy writers of his time. Alberto Sánchez Álvarez-Insúa was responsible for both the selection of works and the introduction.

Obras [Works]

This anthology features the works of Mauricio Bacarisse (Madrid, 1895-1931), a poet and novelist from Spain’s “Silver Age”, and including one of his best-known works: Los Terribles Amores de Agliberto y Celedonia, one of the most intelligent and ironic novels of that time. Furthermore, his more radical poems are included, as well as some journalistic collaborations never before published, and which are very important for further understanding the fascination this modern novelist had of love, women and the state of imperfection.

Jordi Gracia, Professor at the University of Barcelona and specialist in writers from the generation of ’27, the Civil War and the post-war period, was responsible for the text selection and introduction.

Antología [Anthology]

This anthology comprises some of the most magnificent and beautiful texts written by the painter Ramón Gaya (Murcia, 1910 - Valencia, 2005) throughout his long life. One of the most original Spanish writers of the 20th century, his inspired writings are difficult to categorize although easy to read. This volume consists of essays, critiques, poems, travel notes, letters and journal fragments that demonstrate the narrative solidity and depth of thought of this multifaceted artist.

Andrés Trapiello, a poet and writer from León collected and wrote the prologue for all texts included in this volume.

Memorias [Memoirs]

This publication features an anthology of the memoirs of Alberto Insúa (La Habana, 1883 - Madrid, 1963), a journalist, playwright and novelist, who was educated in the modern and post-modern school and close to gallantry poetry. It covers the daily life of the authors of the time, as well as dramatic times in history, art and the social era that were highly resonant in Spain, as well as throughout the rest of the world. These experiences are related to cubanism, miscegenation and the impact of the 1898 disaster, as well as to important journalistic chronicles.

Santiago Fortuño Llorens, Professor of Spanish Literature at the Jaume I University of Castellón, was responsible for making this selection, as well as being the author of the preliminary study and the bibliographic compilation.