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This is the ninth literary travel guide in the In Mind series, the fifth edited by Powers, offering insights into a region, a ritual, or an event. Forty writers are represented, including W. H. Auden, e. e. cummings, John Dos Passos, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Washington Irving, Henry James, W. Somerset Maugham, George Orwell, Edith Wharton, and Richard Wright. There are letters and memoirs, poems, and selections from novels and nonfiction pieces. Powers states in her introduction that most of the writers express an exuberant spirit with an underpinning of melancholy: the passion of the bullfight, the celebration of holidays and festivals, and the love of food and families. This anthology portrays both the layers of the past and the vivid present. It is the closest anyone has come to capturing the essence of this fascinating country.George Cohen
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ISBN-10:  1400076765
ISBN-13:  978-1400076765
Author:  Alice Leccese Powers
Genre:  Travel
Publisher:  Vintage
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review by . September 13, 2010
This book, edited by Alice Leccese Powers, is a terrific collection of pieces by "great writers entranced by Spain". Powers has assembled a wonderful collection, which includes pieces by all of the usual suspects (Hemingway, Auden, Orwell, Washington Irving, James Michener, Gerald Brenan, Langston Hughes), augmented by contributions from other illustrious literary pilgrims (Lord Byron, Henry James, John Dos Passos, Edith Wharton, Robert Graves, Anthony Trollope, W. Somerset Maugham), a …
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