Literary Memoirs by Jose Victorino Lastarria

Literary Memoirs

byJose Victorino LastarriaTranslated byR. Kelly WashbourneEditorFrederick M. Nunn

Paperback | December 15, 1999

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Novelist, scholar, journalist, statesman, and leading member of Chile's "Generation of 1842"--an intellectual movement so named for the founding of the National University--Jose Victorino Lastarria (1811-1888) lived his life at the forefront of nineteenth-century Chilean and Spanish Americanculture, literature, and politics. Recuerdos Literarios (or Literary Memoirs) is his masterpiece, encompassing the candid memories of a tireless activist, both the creative and critical sensibilities of an influential Latin American early modernist, and an eyewitness account of the development ofChilean literature and historiography. An ardent, eloquent participant in every defining artistic and ideological debate in Chile during the formative mid-1800s, Lastarria recorded his epoch as closely as he did his own origins, education, ambitions, and career. Sometimes reminiscent of Montaigne'sessays, Eca de Quieroz's journalism, or Barbusse's didactic convictions, Literary Memoirs is an engrossing account of Chile's newly ordained nationhood.This addition to Oxford's prestigious Library of Latin America series is more than a retelling of things past; it is an informed yet informal testament to the idea of chilenidad (or "Chileanness") and a detailed portrait of one of Chile's cultural architects. For this new edition of LiteraryMemoirs, Frederick M. Nunn's introduction presents an informative historical background and R. Kelly Washbourne's translation carefully preserves Lastarria's form and content.

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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...

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Title:Literary MemoirsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.11 × 5.39 × 1.5 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Growing weary of 19th-century literature predominantly written by British authors? Go Latin with Jose Victorino Lastarria's Literary Memoirs -- a collection of writings by this noted activist, political leader and novelist. Inside this literary reference, you'll discover more about the Generation of 1842 and Chilean culture in the 1800s.

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