Literary Memoirs

Literary Memoirs

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Jose Victorino Lastarria was of the first rank of Chilean and Spanish-American intellectual and political figures of the 19th century. Statesman, novelist, scholar, activist, and a leading figure of Chile's Generation of 1842, a significant intellectual movement of the last century so named for the founding of the National University, he was at the centre of all the intellectual struggles of his times. "Recuerdos Literarios", or "Literary Memoirs", opens a window on the 19th-century Chilean mind. At once a chronicle, a narrative, an analysis and critique of literature and a deeply personal memoir, "Literary Memoirs" is one man's testament to the process of cultural nation-building. In its pages, which range from a detailed study of conditions that encouraged the launching of the Generation of 1842, to a record of the intellectual debates of mid-nineteenth-century Chile, readers have found the genesis of Chilean literature and historiography. For this new edition of Frederick Nunn's introduction provides informative historical background, and R. Kelly Washbourne's translation preserves intact the essence of Lastarria's form and content.
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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 147.32 x 208.28 x 38.1mm | 635.03g
  • New York, United States
  • English, Spanish
  • 0195116852
  • 9780195116854

About Jose Victorino Lastarria

ABOUT THE EDITOR AND TRANSLATOR Frederick M. Nunn is Professor of History and International Studies at Portland State University. He is the author of The Time of the Generals: Latin American Professional Militarism in World Perspective. R. Kelly Washbourne is completing his doctorate in Latin American literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is assistant editor of the Amazonian Literary Review.
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