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El Arcipreste de Talavera, o sea El Corbacho

Martinez de Toledo, Alfonso [1398-1470]

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Nuevamente editado segun el codice escorialense por Lesly Bird Simpson. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1939. Octavo, cloth, in a dust wrapper. 361 pages. Errata leaf laid in. Limited to 750 copies printed in Mexico on Malinche paper specially made in San Rafael. A very good to fine copy, entirely unopened. Martinez de Toledo's most important work ".which Menendez Pidal insists is extremely important in its artistic use of popular speech in combination with its more artificial Latinized framework, syntax, and vocabulary. This duality established a precedent which continued in Spanish prose from the Renaissance on.The Archpriest mastered the conversational style of narration, the first Spaniard to do so, and filled his pages with proverbs and folksy sayings.His tales illustrating the perversities of women.constitute one of the most vigorous chapters in the abundant anti-feminine literature of the age. Every kind of bad woman is introduced, the liar, the cheat, the flirt, and the vain, and he furiously indicts them all. Only the good woman is conspicuously absent. He accurately describes the customs and manners, dress and styles of the time as his talkative females go through their paces. This monument to realism is convincing and contains the seeds of the Celestina and Lazarillo de Tormes in its racy language, vigor, color, spicy flavor, and particularly in its interest in the picaresque." (Chandler & Schwartz "A New History of Spanish Literature"). Bookseller Inventory # 9133

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Title: El Arcipreste de Talavera, o sea El Corbacho

Binding: Hardcover

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