Recollections of a Provincial Past

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Literary Collections - 290 pages
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888) was Argentina's leading writer, educator, and politician of the nineteenth century, and served as President from 1868 to 1874. Of his several autobiographies, the best-known Recollections of a Provincial Past is one of the indisputable classics of Spanish American literature, as well as one of the earliest autobiographies written in the Americas in Spanish. Written in exile in 1850, the memoirs describe his childhood and adolescence in an Andean province whose customs were still those of a colony. Sarmiento presents his life as the triumph of civilization over barbarism; looking back on his youth, he measures his wealth and strength by the accumulation of enriching personal and political experiences. He compares himself to the newly independent Argentina, claiming to be a historically representative individual whose trajectory seves to illuminate contemporary South America.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
Editors Note on the Text and Translation
xxxi
Bibliography Cited in the Editors Note and Introduction
lxxv
To My Compatriots Only
5
Genealogy of a Family from San Juan de la Frontera in the Republic of Argentina
9
The Palm Trees
13
Juan Eugenio de Mallea
16
The Huarpes
22
The Historian Funes
92
The Bishop of Cuyo
115
The Story of My Mother
120
The Parental Home
132
My Education
144
Public Life
167
Chile
186
Daily Newspapers and Periodical Publications
205

The Sons of Jofré
27
Mallea
31
The Sayavedras
35
The Albarracíns
36
The Oros
46
Fray Justo Santa María de Oro
59
Domingo de Oro
70
Pamphlets
208
Biographies
212
Books
214
Translations
218
Institutions of Learning
220
Editors Notes
223
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Elizabeth Garrels is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Massachussets Institute of Technology and a recognized authority on Sarmiento. Asa Zatz teaches translation at New York University and the City College of New York.

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