Pedro Prado Criticism - Essay

G. Dundas Craig (essay date 1934)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: "Pedro Prado," in Modernism in Spanish-American Poetry, University of California Press, 1934, pp. 313-5.

[In the following essay, Craig analyzes Prado's best-known poem, "Lázaro, " contrasting it with Robert Browning's treatment of the same subject.]

Between the work of González Martínez and that of Pedro Prado there is very little resemblance. They have in common only their seriousness of purpose. González Martínez, thanks to his early devotion to the study of French and Italian models, was a master of all the arts and artifices of the Parnassian school. The very limpidity of his style is evidently the fruit of much patient labor. With Prado it is...

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Arturo Torres-Ríoseco (essay date 1942)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: "The Spanish American Novel," in The Epic of Latin American Literature, Oxford University Press, 1942, pp. 204-6.

[In the following essay, Torres-Ríoseco discusses Prado's place among Spanish-American novelists.]

[Pedro Prado], … who is also a poet of distinction, has passed most of his days in the peaceful family life of his spacious country villa on the outskirts of Santiago. Here, from 1915 to 1916, he presided over the celebrated group of 'The Ten,' an association of painters, poets, musicians, and architects. Chile's leading stylist, if not the leading stylist of all Spanish America, Prado is known for his essays, parables, and poems in prose, but...

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Arturo Torres-Ríoseco (essay date 1968)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: A foreword to Country Judge: A Novel of Chile by Pedro Prado, translated by Lesley Byrd Simpson, University of California Press, 1968, pp. v-vii.

[In the following essay, Torres-Ríoseco provides a brief overview of Country Judge.]

Country Judge {Un Juez Rural) is an autobiographical novel. As the story opens we find the protagonist Solaguren (Prado) surrounded by his family, just as I described the author's home in 1932:

Pedro Prado, with his wife and children, lives in a large country house in a remote suburb of Santiago near the railroad station. It is a peaceful house: many trees, fountains, a tower, old...

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Donald A. Yates (essay date 1969)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: A review of Country Judge, in Hispania, Vol. 52, 1969, pp. 163-4.

[In the following essay, Yates reviews a translation of Country Judge, finding the novel "sincere" and "thought-provoking," but "not a great or especially significant novel."]

In Country Judge, a short, episodic novel first published in 1924, Chilean writer Pedro Prado (1886-1952) endowed his title character with several of his own characteristic attitudes: a deep love for Santiago and its environs, a longing for order and justice in the affairs of men, and a quiet resignation to loneliness and melancholy. In the Foreword to this new translation of the work, critic...

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John R. Kelly (essay date 1974)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: "Prado, the Novelist and Short Story Writer," in Pedro Prado, Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1974, pp. 73-114.

[In the following essay, Kelly offers an extensive survey of Prado 's fiction.]

Prado's fame as one of Latin America's principal novelists rests solidly on three very different types of novels. His first endeavor, La reina de Rapa Nui (The Queen of Rapa Nui), published in 1914, displays the persistence of Modernism in his writing. Alsino, his longest, most ambitious novel revealed a symbiosis of Criollismo with Modernism, of lyric poetry with the allegorical novel. It appeared in 1920. His last novel, Un juez rural...

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John R. Kelly (essay date 1974)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: "Conclusion: Prado's Role and Influence on Chilean and Latin American Literature," in Pedro Prado, Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1974, pp. 133-37.

[In the following essay, Kelly considers Prado 's place among and influence on other Latin-American writers.]


Pedro Prado was the first important poetic voice heard in Chile in the twentieth century. From 1915 to 1924 he held the enviable status of undisputed leader of an entire generation of poets, painters, and critics. He became the pivotal figure in the general artistic renaissance in Santiago. His literary preeminence was due to both formal and thematic innovations....

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