105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry

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EDUARDO MALLEA

I am forty-six years old. I have written seventeen books. I have destroyed three. I have had to begin my literary apprenticeship anew each day. I have received more kindness than I thought I deserved, and I have obtained the relative success which can be hoped for by an author who writes in Spanish and who was born near a bay of the South Atlantic, far from great centers of literature where literary values are determined. I have learned things with pain and forgotten them with ease. I have sacrificed many comforts for literary work. I have always written with suffering. It has grieved me a great deal that I have not yet achieved the degree of skill and broadness that I wished for my production. I do not like to discuss literature with my friends, and I always felt a secret kinship for the Portuguese writer Eça de Queiroz, who lived for many years in England. His friends, whom he always treated with a gracious and consummate politeness, found out only after his death that that pleasant and unassuming man was in addition a writer, one of the greatest that Portugal had known. And in his country, when they would look for him in order to praise him, he would say with the great elegance of a well-bred person: "I am only a simple man from Povoa de Varzim."

Perhaps at times I could wish that I had not found in my life the hard and terrible fate of creating. But since it has been thrust upon me, I have accepted it willingly and even with enthusiasm. I have often allowed myself to be guided by the illusion that every authentic poetic idea is a stimulus for the human heart; and that by writing, I, although such an insignificant person, might do something for the benefit of mankind, even though my readers be few and my message so imperfect and insufficient.

I have written a good deal about the men of my country, about their lands, their illusions and their dreams. I have traveled through other countries and other literatures. And in that way my indebtedness was becoming so great that I thought I would not rest until I finished, in the chapters of the vast letter of my books, a sort of fervent epistle or long story, told to all my friends in the world, without raising my voice, by the side of a fire or near the shore of a river, in which would be gathered the histories of certain beings

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • A Foreword in the Form of a Report xi
  • I The Americas 1
  • Eugene O'Neill 3
  • Ernest Hemingway 16
  • Sinclair Lewis 38
  • Robert Frost 52
  • John Steinbeck 61
  • Carl Sandburg 77
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay 98
  • Thornton Wilder 104
  • John Dewey 111
  • John Dos Passos 124
  • Pearl Buck 131
  • Van Wyck Brooks 141
  • H. L. Mencken 148
  • William Faulkner 155
  • Maxwell Anderson 173
  • Edgar Lee Masters 184
  • Archibald Macleish 188
  • Upton Sinclair 196
  • Robert Sherwood 204
  • John Gunther 221
  • William Rose Benét 225
  • Carl Van Doren 228
  • Erskine Caldwell 237
  • Robinson Jeffers 248
  • James Thurber 250
  • James Branch Cabell 268
  • John P. Marquand 279
  • Vincent Sheean 309
  • William L. Shirer 314
  • Mazo De La Roche 323
  • Mariano Azuela 339
  • Gabriela Mistral 349
  • Pablo Neruda 355
  • Eduardo Mallea 368
  • II The British Isles 391
  • T. S. Eliot 393
  • Aldous Huxley 400
  • W. Somerset Maugham 420
  • John Masefield 431
  • E. M. Forster 435
  • Bertrand Russell 447
  • Walter De La Mare 457
  • V. Sackville-West 466
  • Hilaire Belloc 472
  • W. H. Auden 479
  • Julian Huxley 490
  • Noel Coward 510
  • Siegfried Sassoon 529
  • J. B. Priestley 536
  • Winston Churchill 541
  • C. E. M. Joad 556
  • Graham Greene 566
  • Arnold J. Toynbee 577
  • A. J. Cronin 587
  • Lord Dunsany 592
  • Sean O'Casey 599
  • Padraic Colum 618
  • Elizabeth Bowen 623
  • Liam O'Flaherty 634
  • III Europe 643
  • André Gide 645
  • Jules Romains 655
  • André Maurois 670
  • André Malraux 677
  • Jacques Maritain 685
  • François Mauriac 696
  • Jean Cocteau 714
  • Paul Claudel 720
  • Jean-Paul Sartre 726
  • St. John Perse 731
  • Albert Camus 736
  • Colette 747
  • Louis Aragon 750
  • Thomas Mann 757
  • Erich Remarque 797
  • Albert Schweitzer 809
  • Albert Einstein 824
  • Hermann Hesse 830
  • Sigrid Undset 841
  • Knut Hamsun 852
  • Isak Dinesen 862
  • Johannes V. Jensen 876
  • Frans Eemil Sillanpää 889
  • Halldór Laxness 898
  • Benedetto Croce 912
  • Ignazio Silone 919
  • Geroge Santayana 936
  • José Ortega Y Gasset 945
  • Salvador De Madariaga 951
  • Pio Baroja 959
  • Pierre Van Paassen 965
  • Angelos Sikelianos 971
  • Arthur Koestler 977
  • Ferenc Molnár 993
  • Ivan Bunin 1008
  • Mikhail Sholokhov 1029
  • Ilya Ehrenburg 1044
  • IV Asia China • 1059 India • 1078 1057
  • Lin Yutang 1059
  • Hu Shih 1066
  • Jawaharlal Nehru 1078
  • Sri Aurobindo 1093
  • Biographies and Bibliographies 1109
  • Acknowledgments 1160
  • Index of Authors 1181
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