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Dark ancestor : the literature of the Black man in the Caribbean
Dathorne, O. R., 1934-
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Publication Information:
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [1981]

Physical Description:
x, 288 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PN849.C3 D37 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Author Notes

Alas spent most of his life in Oviedo, Spain, where he earned his living as a professor of law. In his youth he was greatly influenced by the teachings of Karl C. F. Krause, adopting Krausism's goal of achieving a balance among reason, science, and religion. His love of tolerance and moderation soon brought him into conflict with Spanish reactionaries.

The defining characteristic of Alas's work is its didacticism, evidenced in a passionate striving to improve standards in both the moral and aesthetic realms. Alas first became known as a literary critic. His influential articles were published in Paliques (1893) and in the five-volume collection Solos (1890--98), and he was among the first to recognize the importance of Galdos's novels. Now widely viewed as the most intelligent, original, cultured, and talented of Spain's naturalistic writers, Alas sought to free naturalism from its excessive materialism and make it compatible with Spanish religion.

Alas's two-volume novel La Regenta, which severely critical of bourgeois life in Oviedo, appeared in 1884. La Regenta has been much praised for the brilliant psychological analysis of some of its characters and for its masterful portrayal of provincial life. It has often been compared to Flaubert's Madame Bovary. Alas is also renowned for his short stories-collected in such volumes as Pipa (1886), El senor (1893), and El gallo de Socrates (1901)-which are considered the best written in Spanish in the nineteenth century.

(Bowker Author Biography)