Quevedo in Perspective: Eleven Essays for the Quadricentennial: Proceedings from the Boston Quevedo Symposium, October, 1980

Quevedo in Perspective: Eleven Essays for the Quadricentennial: Proceedings from the Boston Quevedo Symposium, October, 1980

Quevedo in Perspective: Eleven Essays for the Quadricentennial: Proceedings from the Boston Quevedo Symposium, October, 1980

Quevedo in Perspective: Eleven Essays for the Quadricentennial: Proceedings from the Boston Quevedo Symposium, October, 1980

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The papers which comprise this volume were delivered at an international symposium celebrating the quadricentennial of the birth of Francisco de Quevedo, held October 16-18, 1980 at Boston University. It was the culmination of a series of activities organized in the Boston area to commemorate this singularly important occasion. Supported by a generous grant from the Joint Spanish- American Committee for Educational and Cultural Affairs and coordinated by a committee made up of representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities of the New England area, the celebration also included lectures at the University of Massachusetts (Boston), the Boston Public Library, and Harvard University, as well as book exhibits at the Houghton and Widener libraries of Harvard and from the Ticknor Collection of the Boston Public Library.

As the reader will surmise very quickly from the uniform level of excellence of the pieces that follow, those who came to pay tribute to Don Francisco took their task very seriously. Indeed, it was one of those all too rare occasions in which every speaker has substantial insights, one of those privileged affairs in which those in attendance receive an entire education on the subject in question. Though one might be moved to observe that this was to be expected given the distinguished group of critics and scholars assembled, anyone experienced in attending conferences of this sort knows that a brilliant roster of speakers is no guarantee of brilliant results. For this reason, each of the participants deserves congratulations for having striven to make a contribution worthy of the event.

When dealing with a writer whose æuvre is so vast and variegated as Quevedo's, there are sure to be lacunae in any attempt to do it justice. Here, too, do such lacunae no doubt exist. When we take into account, however, that the participants (with one exception, which I will discuss later) were free to choose whatever topic they wished, it is truly surprising that so many different aspects of Quevedo were, in fact, treated. Yet perhaps even more gratifying that the ample coverage was the rich medley of critical perspec-

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