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Borges and the European Avant-Garde (American University Studies, Series 2

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The Author: Linda S. Maier received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Research Fellowship from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Spain-U.S.A. Her publications on twentieth-century Hispanic literature have appeared in professional journals. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


Maier assembles for the first time many of Borges' earliest texts, poems and manifestoes published in Spain between 1919 and 1926. Her book sheds needed light on Borges' participation in European avant-garde literary movements, and lucidly points out Ultraist tendencies in his mature work. (Mary L. Friedman, Wake Forest University) This work does not only illuminate Borges' first steps as a writer through a comprehensive view that examines unknown texts in Borges' earlier production; it also casts light upon the Borgesian production as a whole, emphasizing the distinctive traits of this writer. (Marina Martin, St. John's University) Professor Maier's book is an insightful study that puts into a new perspective Borges' faithfulness throughout his career - despite his own statements to the contrary - to Ultraist principles. (Hugo Mendez-Ramirez, Georgia State University) It was absolutely indispensable to consolidate in a single volume the entire literary and personal activity of the young Borges in Europe. This is a valuable study which has been sorely needed. (Carlos Meneses) oThis book! concentrates on Jorge Luis Borges' earliest literary activity, and on his poetry from that period - areas seldom studied by the legions of Borges enthusiasts...oIt! is a welcome contribution. (Thorpe Running, St. John's University) Maier's book supersedes everything we have at present on Borges' earliest work. (D.L. Shaw, University of Virginia)

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