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Spanish Places: A Memoir

Marsh, B E

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ISBN 10: 0929636392 / ISBN 13: 9780929636399
Published by Syren Book Company, 2005
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Contains: Illustrations. A. Audience: General/trade. Fine. No dust jacket as issued. This is 2003 Limited Edition paperback; 17th of 100 copies issued. Tight copy w/very slight rubbing to cover. Light pencil residue where price was listed on front endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 007042

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Title: Spanish Places: A Memoir

Publisher: Syren Book Company

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Trade paperback

Edition: Illustrated.

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Spanish Places, written in the 1960s and revised for publication in 2003, is a personal memoir of a special kind. The author, a budding unpublished poet, travels to Spain in 1954 to write a long poem entitled Birth Of A Poet. This he completes in Cordoba, an ancient city in Andalusia which was once the capital of Moorish Spain. After refueling his coffers as a magazine editor and news correspondent, he returns to Spain six years later to continue his romance with the old world and with writing poetry. There he meets a girl, Elena, who captures his heart and with whom, after much travail and strenuous negotiations with her family, he eventually marries a year later. SPANISH PLACES describes three visits to Spain in a seven year period. The author also describes the changes that take place in daily life under Franco's reign, gives historical perspective and commentary on famous Spaniards such as writer-philosopher Ortega y Gasset, the painter Goya, and the bullfighter Manolete. The book ends on a happy note with wedding and honeymoon trip with quite a large cast of characters.

About the Author:

Benjamin Ellis Marsh was born in Minneapolis in 1931. After graduation from the University of Minnesota, the poet has made a successful career as a journalist, magazine editor, and publishing executive. He has lived in New York City and Cordoba, Spain. His experiences in Spain are described in Spanish Places. B. E. Marsh's complete poems total over two thousand pages in manuscript, from which two volumes have been gleaned: Poems, and the forthcoming Destinations, to be published in 2005. He lives with his wife, flamenco singer Maria Elena La Cordobesa, in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

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