Cintrón, Conchita

Published by Espasa-Calpe, Madrid, Spain, 1962
Condition: Very Good Soft cover

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In Spanish. Card covers whch open onto an almost completely detached color page with a picture of Victoria Macho's bust of Conchita. 1" x 2.5" chip which contained the letters Conc (of ConcHITA). Association copy inscribed to Huldine (v.) Beamish who wrote, among other books The Cavaliers of Portugal, about the unique style of bullfighting done exclusively from horseback. 299 pp. plus index. Conchita Cintron Verrill was one of the greatest women bullfighters who ever lived. Born in Portugual to a Puerto Rican father (second Puerto Rican ever to graduate West Point), and an Irish-American mother, the family soon moved to Peru where Conchita learned to ride at 3 and first fought at age 13. She was trained in mounted bullfighting and ran into considerable sexism and general resistance when she wanted to fight on foot. She was permitted to participate from horseback, as a rejoneadora, but not on foot, as a matadora. During what was to be the final bullfight of her career in Jaén, Spain, to be the last of her career. ".She appeared in the ring together with the matadors Manolo Vázquez and Antonio Ordóñez. After performing on horseback with the bull, Cintrón rode to the box of the presidente and asked for permission to dismount for the kill. Permission was denied. This was her signal to leave the arena, and leave the killing of the bull to the novillero assigned to her for that task. Instead, she dismounted, grabbed his sword and muleta, caped the bull and prepared it for the kill. She actually went in for the kill and then dramatically let the sword drop to the sand. The bull charged. Cintrón stepped from his path and simulated the kill by touching his shoulders with her fingers as he rushed by. Pandemonium erupted in the stands and the audience threw hats and red carnations at her feet. The novillero then entered the ring and performed the kill, as originally planned. Cintrón walked calmly away from the bull and was arrested as she left the ring, for violating the law banning women from fighting on foot. With the audience on the verge of rioting in protest of her arrest, the regional governor pardoned her and she was released. It was one of the most dramatic moments in bullfighting history. As Orson Welles wrote in the introduction to her memoirs, her career 'ended in a single burst of glorious criminality. You can't keep a lady waiting forever, and there came an afternoon when she decided that she'd waited long enough.'". Bookseller Inventory # 68783

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Publisher: Espasa-Calpe, Madrid, Spain

Publication Date: 1962

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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