A Romantic in Spain

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Fans of Spain and travel literature will very much enjoy Gautier's account of his five-month journey of 1840, which was written in installments to the journal La Presse. The beautifully observed accounts of the people, places, art, architecture, food and culture vie with Henry Adams' account of Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres. The account is presented in the 1926 translation of Catherine Alison Phillips. Robert Snell provides a short ...
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Overview

Fans of Spain and travel literature will very much enjoy Gautier's account of his five-month journey of 1840, which was written in installments to the journal La Presse. The beautifully observed accounts of the people, places, art, architecture, food and culture vie with Henry Adams' account of Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres. The account is presented in the 1926 translation of Catherine Alison Phillips. Robert Snell provides a short introduction to this edition.

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Gautier was a big wheel in the French Romantic movement when he was contracted by a journal to chronicle a tour of Spain. He threw himself into the assignment with zeal, scouring the country for five months and rubbing elbows with rich and poor alike. He puts forth his observations on just about every subject in this 1945 volume. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566563925
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: Lost and Found Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xv
Part I
I. Paris to Bordeaux 3
Underground houses
Hewn stone
Ox wagons
A suspension bridge
Hotel agents
The mummifying vault
II. Bordeaux to the Frontier 13
Bayonne
Advice for travellers
Human contraband
Heine's remark
III. Irun to Vergara 17
Mules and escort
An ox cart
Gracious beggars
Spanish bridges
Astigarraga
A typical meal
IV. Vergara to Burgos 24
A priest
The mountain haul
Vittoria
The baile nacional and the French Herculeses
The Pass of Pancorbo
Asses and greyhounds
Burgos
A Spanish fonda
Convicts in cloaks
The Cathedral
The coffer of the Cid
V. Burgos 38
The Cloister
Paintings and sculptures
The House of the Cid
The House of the Cords
The Puerta Santa Maria
The theatre and actors
The Charterhouse of Miraflores
General Thibaut and the bones of the Cid
VI. Burgos to Madrid 50
The royal mail
The galleys
Valladolid
San Pablo
A performance of Hernani
St. Mary of the Snows
Over the pass
Part II
VII. The Bullfight 65
The crowd
The arena
Personnel
Bullfighting
The estocada a vuela pies
Exciting peaceful bulls
VIII. Madrid 79
The Prado
The mantilla and the fan
The Spanish type
Water-sellers
The cafes of Madrid
Newspapers
The politicians of the Puerta del Sol
The post-office
The houses of Madrid
Tertulias
Spanish society
The Teatro del Principe
Palace of the Queen
The Cortes
Monument of the Dos de Mayo
The Armoury
Buen Retiro
IX. The Escorial 100
Arid land
The gridiron plan
Church and Pantheon
Curious arrangement of books
The dome
Hardships of robbery
X. Toldeo 111
Fast driving
Narrow streets
The Alcazar
The Cathedral
The Gregorian and the Mozarabic Rites
Our Lady of Toledo
San Juan de los Reyes
The Synagogue
Galiana
Karl and Bradamante
The Bath of Florinda
The Grotto of Hercules
The Hospital of the Cardinal
Toledo blades
XI. On the Road Again 143
Corpus Christi procession at Madrid
Aranjuez
A patio
The country round Ocana
Threshing floors
Tembleque and its garters
Don Quixote's windmills
A night at Manzanares
Part III
XII. Val de Penas to Granada 157
The knives of Santa Cruz
The Puerto de los Perros
The colony at La Carolina
Bailen
Jaen
The Cathedral
The majos
Granada
The Alameda
The Alhambra
The Generalife
The Albaicin
Life at Granada
The gypsies
The Charterhouse
San Domingo
Ascent of the Mulhacen
XIII. Granada to Malaga 212
Robbers and cosarios in Andalusia
Alhama
Malaga
The strolling students
A bullfight
Montes
The theatre
Part IV
XIV. Malaga to Seville 243
Travel by galera
A farmhouse supper
Ecija
Cordoba
The Archangel Raphael
The Mosque
XV. Seville 265
La Cristina
The Torre del Oro
Murillo
Italica
The Cathedral
The Giralda
Polbo Sevillano
La Caridad
Don Juan de Marana
XVI. Cadiz and the Return 283
Cadiz
Visit to the brig Le Voltigeur
Rateros
Jerez
Bullfights with toros embolados
The steamer
Gibraltar
Cartagena
Valencia
The Lonja de Seda
The Convent of La Merced
The Valencians
Barcelona
The return
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2003

    Spanish Dreams

    Gautier gives us a truly beautiful description of 1840s Spain in all its Romantic detail- festivals, 'heroic' bandits, and fun loving yet dignified 'majos.' While you must take into account that his writings make Spain into a European outpost of the mysterious 'East,' it's still a wonderful book, an insight into a bygone age.

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