Selected Writings

Selected Writings

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by Ruben Dario
     
 

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Born in Nicaragua, Rubén Darío is known as the consummate leader of the Modernista movement, an esthetic trend that swept the Americas from Mexico to Argentina at the end of the nineteenth century. Seeking a language and a style that would distinguish the newly emergent nations from the old imperial power of Spain, Darío’s writing offered

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Born in Nicaragua, Rubén Darío is known as the consummate leader of the Modernista movement, an esthetic trend that swept the Americas from Mexico to Argentina at the end of the nineteenth century. Seeking a language and a style that would distinguish the newly emergent nations from the old imperial power of Spain, Darío’s writing offered a refreshingly new vision of the world—an artistic sensibility at once cosmopolitan and connected to the rhythms of nature. The first part of this collection presents Darío’s most significant poems in a bilingual format and organized thematically in the way Darío himself envisioned them. The second part is devoted to Darío’s prose, including short stories, fables, profiles, travel writing, reportage, opinion pieces, and letters. A sweeping biographical introduction by distinguished critic Ilan Stavans places Darío in historical and artistic context, not only in Latin America but in world literature.

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This first Penguin compilation of Dar o's work is a Spanish-English edition featuring poems, short stories, travel writing, letters, and more. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143039365
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/06/2005
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
1,135,951
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Rubén Darío (1867–1916) gained prominence in Azul..., the publication of which sparked the Modernista movement in the Spanish-speaking Americas.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the author or editor of numerous books.

Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.

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Selected Writings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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But I have read a good portion of Dario's works, including his three poetic masterpieces, Azul, Prosas Profanas, and Cantos de Vida y Esperanza, as well as many of his short stories, and an excellent poem entitile 'Los motivos del Lobo'. Ruben Dario captures profoundly the beauty of poetry and is extremely philoshophical at other points. He is also sometimes credited with 'beautifing' the spansih language. It wasn't the spanish of Spain that created good spanish, but this genius from Nicaragua. His ideas alone would make this book worth reading, barring any loss of poetic beauty in the translation. So, if you are too lazy to learn Spanish, then read this book. If you all ready know Spanish, read Dario's book as they were meant to be read.