Sketches of Life in Chile, 1841-1851

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Writing under the pseudonym "Jotabeche," José Joaquín Vallejo wrote forty-one short articles on Chilean life and society in the early republic. Known for their caustic wit, his writings were an instant success when they were first published in Chilean magazines and newspapers. This volume presents these vivid essays for the first time in English.
Vallejo made famous the style of writing termed "costumbrista"--sketches and vignettes of society and local customs. He focused on ...
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Writing under the pseudonym "Jotabeche," José Joaquín Vallejo wrote forty-one short articles on Chilean life and society in the early republic. Known for their caustic wit, his writings were an instant success when they were first published in Chilean magazines and newspapers. This volume presents these vivid essays for the first time in English.
Vallejo made famous the style of writing termed "costumbrista"--sketches and vignettes of society and local customs. He focused on the Norte Chico, or the mining zone of Copiapó where he was born and where he lived most of his later life. His essays include vivid studies of mineworkers; the advancement of modernity in the steamships at Caldera; the religious, intensely cultural province of Copiapó; and the general atmosphere of liberalism beginning to pervade the country of Chile during that time.
Considered the founder of his country's "genuinely national literature," he is the first creative writer of stature to emerge in Chile after the country's wars of independence. A provincial northerner, his writings give a sense of what these parts of Chile looked and felt like during the years of the early Chilean republic, and are consequently of ultimate value.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195128673
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Library of Latin America Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Collier is currently Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, specializing in the history of Chile. Frederick Fornoff is Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Creative Writing at The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He is the recipient of many awards including the NEA, NEH, and Fulbright.

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' General Introduction
Chronology of Jose Joaquin Vallejo
Introduction: Jotabeche and His World
Note on the Text and Translation
I Copiapo and the Mining Zone 1
Copiapo 3
If They Could See You Now! 8
The Mines of Chanarcillo 12
The Discoverers of the Chanarcillo Mines 14
The Theater, Steamships, and the Chanarcillo Hospice 19
Candlestick Mine 23
The Map to the Lode of the Three Mountain Passes 27
The Cangalleros 32
Vallenar and Copiapo 36
The Port of Copiapo 42
II Pictures of Society 49
Carnival 51
Corpus Christi 56
Lent 60
Copiapo: Today's Tertulias 65
Afternoon Walks (First Article) 71
Afternoon Walks (Second Article) 75
Outings 80
Letter from Jotabeche to a Friend in Santiago 85
Letter from Jotabeche 89
An Illness 93
A Word about Fools 97
The Provincial in Santiago 101
The Renegade Provincial 109
Gossips 113
The Liberal 117
III Journeys and Episodes 123
Items of Interest 125
Letter (Visit to the Maipo Canyon) 129
A Little Journey by Sea 133
Excerpts from My Diary 138
More Excerpts from My Diary 143
A Practical Joke 147
Elections in Copiapo 151
Elections in Huasco 153
The Uprising at Chanarcillo 159
The Last Spanish Caudillo in Araucania 160
Francisco Montero: Memories of the Year 1820 167
Editor's Notes 173
Glossary 183
Bibliography 185
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