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The wisdom of eccentric old men : a study of type and secondary character in Galdós's social novels, 1870-1897

Author: Peter Bly
Publisher: Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The wise fool, the sensible madman, and the village idiot, traditional characters in European literature, are best-known through Don Quixote. Galdós, Spain's most important novelist after Cervantes, contributed to this corpus with a number of principal characters whose affinity to Cervantes's hero is clearly recognizable. Bly demonstrates that a number of Galdós's secondary characters - the eccentric old men who  Read more...
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Named Person: Benito Pérez Galdós; Benito Pérez Galdós; Benito Pérez Galdós; Benito Pérez Galdós; Benito Pérez Galdós; Benito Pérez Galdós
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Bly
ISBN: 0773528024 9780773528024
OCLC Number: 55146776
Description: xii, 237 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Initial experiments --
Establishing the eccentric mould: Cayetano Polentinos --
Loyal go-between: José Mundideo --
A principal: José de Relimpio y Sastre --
Armchair politician and educator: Florencio Morales y Temprado --
Fantasy novelist: José Ido del Sagrario --
Real novelist: Plácido Estupiñá --
Religious acolyte: Luis Agapito Babel --
Religious patron: Pedro de Belmonte --
Celestial visionary: Frasquito Ponte Delgado.
Responsibility: Peter Anthony Bly.

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Demonstrates that a number of Galdos' secondary characters - the eccentric old men who appear with regular frequency in the realist social novels of his most important period of writing, 1876 to 1897  Read more...

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