Jefferson Rea Spell (essay date 1944)
SOURCE: Spell, Jefferson Rea. “Ricardo Güiraldes: Stylistic Depictor of the Gaucho.” In Contemporary Spanish-American Fiction, pp. 191-204. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1944.
[In the following essay, Spell examines Ricardo Güiraldes's Don Segundo Sombra, a book he believes to have achieved its popular acclaim through its accurate depictions of gaucho life and vernacular.]
The most distinctive of all Spanish-American literature—the literature linked most directly with the country and the people—is the so-called “gaucho” literature of the River Plate region. Pioneers of this type of literature were three long narrative...
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