The Position of America, and Other Essays

The Position of America, and Other Essays

The Position of America, and Other Essays

The Position of America, and Other Essays

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When, in 1911, Alfonso Reyes published his first book, his formation was already determined. He was twentyone years old--he was born in the northern part of Mexico, in Monterrey, on May 17, 1889--and had never been outside Mexico. This book, entitled Cuestiones Estéticas, introduced to the Spanishspeaking world a young Mexican writer who from that moment was regarded as a master, as had happened with José Enrique Rodó, the young Uruguayan of the preceding generation. The precocity of Alfonso Reyes, the breadth and depth of his culture, the selfsecurity of his diaphanous and complex style were all the result of his Mexican molding. It is important to point this out in order to understand the originality and significance of this writer, who to-

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