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WOMEN

OF SPAIN AND THEIR TRADITIONS

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a personal supervision of their sale, since the Spanish bookseller is rather disturbed than otherwise by the parting with his goods.

If her Life of St Francis of Assist sold well, her projected work on Caesar Borgia had to be abandoned on account of the ad-

expense in

ditional

In

the

preparation

such a publication." the cheapest form of

of

the public will only buy and the bookshops are stocked with small onevolume, We hear peseta volumes and absurdly miniature editions. so

fact,

much of

last fifteen

the wonderful advance

made

in

Spain during the

or twenty years, both in culture and enlightenment,

that reading between the lines of the representative novels of the day, it is natural enough to search for the big ideas, the hopeful

A

certain amount of unrest and even suggestion of unrest. discontent is there, but woe to him who would keep the illusion

he wanders through the bookshops of Madrid, turns over the pages of the leading magazines (if he is fortunate enough to if

find any), examines the preposterous amount of badly translated foreign work who sees on the stage every trifling novelty ;

applauded into a transitory fame, while the works of dramatic writers of a higher standard struggle with the dust of indifference which collects inch-deep on as

it

is

the

to live

by pen, frivolous side of dramatic art,

all

works of merit.

save, in

or

Impossible pandering to the most

unless

swayed by personal ambition, as were certain writers of Queen Isabella's day ; thwarted by the indolent press and the indifference of the public to read, no wonder that the literary life of Spain is encompassed

within narrow limits, and the names of women writers are {q'w. What lacks in the Spain of to-day, says a French critic,^ is neither the vein of originality or those capable of working it, In Spain criticism, but the critic and above all the public.

which

has

reached '

^

La

such

an

exhausting

excellence

Renaissance Latine, Nov. 1904. E. Martinenche. Propos d' Espagne.

in

other

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