Alexander Parker (essay date 1967)
SOURCE: Parker, Alexander. “Zenith and Nadir in Spain.” In Literature and the Delinquent: the Picaresque in Spain and Europe, 1599-1753, pp. 53-74. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.
[In the following excerpt, Parker focuses on Historia de la vida del buscón and the development of the character Pablo.]
The first conscious attempt to find a middle-way solution to the problem of presenting delinquency in polite literature led the genre in a new direction. The next novel to appear was Marcos de Obregón (1618)1 by the poet and musician Vicente Espinel (1550-1624), who, after an adventurous and peripatetic youth, took orders and became...
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