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El sombrero de tres picos Historia verdadera de un sucedido que anda en romances escrita ahora tal y como pasó   By: (1833-1891)

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EL SOMBRERO DE TRES PICOS

HISTORIA VERDADERA DE UN SUCEDIDO QUE ANDA EN ROMANCES ESCRITA AHORA TAL Y COMO PASÓ

POR

D. PEDRO A. DE ALARCÓN BACHILLER EN FILOSOFÍA y TEOLOGÍA, ETC, ETC

EDITED WITH INTRODUCTION, NOTES, AND VOCABULARY

BY

BENJAMIN P. BOURLAND PROFESSOR IN ADELBERT COLLEGE OF WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

NEW YORK

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1907,

BY

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

May, 1934

N. R. A.

PRINTED IN THE U. S. A.

PREFACE PREFACIO DEL AUTOR EL SOMBRERO DE TRES PICOS NOTES VOCABULARY FOOTNOTES

PREFACE

The present edition of El Sombrero de tres picos is designed to make the book accessible as a text for use in college classes as early as the second or third semester of Spanish study. The plan of the edition needs no special comment. The editor has made the effort to include in the notes and the vocabulary explanation sufficient to cover all difficulties reasonably to be attributed to students who have done careful work in the elements of Spanish grammar, and the usual elementary reading. The numerous references in the notes are addressed more particularly to the teachers.

In the use of the vocabulary, it should be borne in mind that the latter is designed for this text alone, and is in no sense a dictionary. It may be said also that an effort has been made to exclude from the notes all puerilities, and the explanation of commonplaces, whether of history, grammar, or mythology.

Grateful acknowledgment is made here to the friends who have helped the editor in whatever way in the preparation of this book, and in especial to Professor De Haan of Bryn Mawr College; to Professor Caroline B. Bourland of Smith College, the editor's sister; to [p. iv] Professor William D. Briggs, of the Leland Stanford, Jr. University; to Professor Christian Gauss, of Princeton University; to the Rev. Gilbert P. Jennings, Rector of St. Agnes' Church in Cleveland, and to Don Adolfo Bonilla y San Martín, of Madrid; and lastly, and most of all, to the editor's friend and pupil, Mr. Gustav G. Laubscher, of Adelbert College, whose work on the vocabulary was more nearly collaboration than assistance.

B. P. B.

CLEVELAND, December, 1906.

INTRODUCTION

I. ALARCÓN'S LIFE

Pedro Antonio de Alarcón was born at Guadix in the province of Granada, the 10th of March 1833, the fourth of ten children of an old and noble family, whose wealth had been lost in the wars of the Napoleonic period and the disorders that had followed. His father destined him for the bar, and after reaching the baccalaureate at the age of fourteen, at the seminario of Guadix, he went to Granada to begin his professional studies, only to be recalled by the res angusta domi to his home, where perforce he exchanged jurisprudence for theology, and began preparation for the priesthood.

The boy's heart was not in his professional studies, and his best efforts were given to other matters; he taught himself French and Italian, began to write, and formed the project of going to Madrid, to set up as a man of letters. His parents declined to support him in this ambition, but Alarcón persisted. Through Torcuato Tárrago, a young writer at that time living in Guadix, he was introduced to a Cadiz publisher, who undertook the issuing of a weekly journal, El Eco de Occidente , which was to appear at Cadiz and Granada, and whose literary redaction was to be entrusted to the two young men. The venture [p. vi] was successful. After three years' work the savings seemed sufficient, and on the 18th of January, 1853, Alarcón left home.

He went first to Cadiz, where he gave his attention to matters concerning the journal, and a month later he reached Madrid, without introduction or friends, but with some little money and with a goodly sheaf of verses, notably an ambitious continuation of Espronceda's Diablo Mundo , all of which he burned, after much interviewing of publishers... Continue reading book >>




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