Spanish American writing since 1941 : a critical survey /

Main Author: McMurray, George R., 1925-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Ungar, 1987.
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This volume includes established as well as lesser-known authors, providing biographical information and plot summaries along with critical observations on style, structure, and thematic content. Space limitations prohibit exhaustive discussion, yet most of the internationally recognized figures do receive adequate coverage. McMurray (Colorado State) skillfully handles the difficult task of surveying recent fiction, poetry, and drama in all 18 Spanish American countries and Puerto Rico, although one could argue with the relatively brief treatment of poetry in comparison to the number of pages devoted to the drama and the absence altogether of a separate chapter on the essay. The arbitrary selection of a beginning boundary, the year 1941, is clearly justifiable with regard to fiction but less so for poetry, since it obliges the exclusion of some of Neruda's finest work. McMurray's tendency to categorize by means of sweeping generalizations, an unfortunate result of the imposed format, creates false impressions and inaccuracies in a few instances. In spite of these shortcomings, the general reader will find this study very readable as literary history and of inestimable value as a reference source for quick identification of authors and works. It is the most current and comprehensive single-volume survey of its kind available. Excellent bibliography. Highly recommended for all academic libraries.-M.S. Arrington Jr., University of Mississippi

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Review by Library Journal Review

In this thorough introduction to the subject, McMurray systematically traces the recent development of Spanish American prose, poetry, and drama, first providing an in-depth analysis of the major authors and then a comprehensive, almost encyclopedic country-by-country rundown of the less influential ones, some of whose works are disposed of in a mere sentence. There are some drawbacks. The author follows standard interpretations, eschews footnotes and controversial topics, and freely quotes verbatim from his earlier contributions to the field. Further, the bibliography of English-language materials he provides is relevant to general studies only, not specific authors. Recommended for general collections. Lawrence Olszewski, P.L. of Columbus & Franklin Cty., Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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