Bartolomé de Las Casas Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Biography

MacNutt, Francis Augustus. Preface to Bartholomew De Las Casas: His Life, His Apostolate, and His Writings, pp. v-xxiii. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1909.

A biographical account of Las Casas and his candid criticisms of Spanish maltreatment of American natives.

Magner, James A. "Bartolomé De Las Casas: Protector of the Indians, Bishop of Chiapas." In his Men of Mexico, pp. 62–90. Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1942.

A comprehensive biography which details Las Casas's role as historian and philanthropist.

Criticism

Baptiste, Victor N. Bartolomé de Las Casas and Thomas More's Utopia. Culver City: Labyrinthos, 1990, 76 p.

A comparative study of the connections and similarities between Las Casas's Memorial de Remediospara las Indias and Thomas More's Utopia.

Comas, Juan. "Historical Reality and the Detractors of Father Las Casas." In Bartolomé de Las Casas in History: Toward an Understanding of the Man and His Work, edited by Juan Friede and Benjamin Keen, pp. 487–537. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1971.

A comprehensive defense designed to "provide documentary proof against the avalanche of falsehoods designed to tarnish the great name of Las Casas."

Elliott, J.H. The New York Review of Books XV, No. 4 (November 1970): 30–2.

Review of Sir Arthur Helps's The Life of Las Casas, first published in 1867.

Gutiérrez, Gustavo. "And They Said They Would See It …" In his Las Casas: In Search of the Poor of Jesus Christ, pp. 455–60. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1992.

Gutiérrez applauds Las Casas's anti-violent position regarding the conversion of native Americans to Christianity.

Keen, Benjamin. "Approaches to Las Casas, 1535–1970." An introduction to Bartolomé de Las Casas in History: Toward an Understanding of the Man and His Work, edited by Juan Friede and Benjamin Keen, pp. 3–63. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1971.

A thorough overview of the intentions and international reception of Las Casas and his writings.