Nuevas cartas de la ultima prision de Quevedo

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Of the 110 letters pertaining to the last seven years of Quevedo's life [1639-1645], 42 were composed during his four-year imprisonment in San Marcos de Leon. They are extensive and addressed to two distinguished Jesuits with whom Quevedo shared frankly [but under pseudonyms] news received in prison, including literary activity, military campaigns, politics and even his own parodies of the intrigues of the most powerful nobles at Court. These letters were carefully copied by two early 18th-century scholars in a hitherto unpublished manuscript of great interest and accuracy. This critical edition documents the authentic texts of the letters, corrects erroneous attributions, identifies Quevedo's correspondents and establishes the chronology and diagnosis of his long mortal illness. We now have dates which reorder the events of his life, and we know the identity of the powerful inquisitor who salvaged so much of Quevedo's poetry [published in 1648]. JAMES O. CROSBY is Professor Emeritus at Florida International University. De las 110 cartas pertenecientes a los ultimos siete anos de la vida de Quevedo [1639-1645], 42 fueron redactadas en los cuatro anos de su prision en San Marcos de Leon. Son extensas y se dirigieron a dos jesuitas distinguidos con quienes compartio Quevedo con franqueza [pero bajo seudonimos] noticias recibidas en la carcel, incluyendo la actividad literaria, las campanas militares, la politica y hasta sus propias parodias de las intrigas de los proceres de la corte. Estas cartas fueron copiadas con sumo cuidado por dos eruditos de principios del siglo dieciocho en un manuscrito inedito de gran interes y exactitud. La presente edicion documenta los textos autenticos de las cartas, corrige atribuciones erroneas, identifica a los corresponsales del satirico ablece la cronologia y la diagnosis de su larga enfermedad mortal. Ahora disponemos de los datos que ordenan correctamente los episodios de su vida, y sabemos la identidad del poderoso inquisidor que rescato para la posteridad gran parte de su poesia.