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The Art oft h e Personal E s say An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present Selected and with an Introduction by Phillip Lopate
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\ AN ANCHOR BOOK PUBLISHED BY DOUBLEDAY a division 0/ Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. 1540 Broadway, New York, New York 10036 ANCHOR BOOKS, DOUBLEDAY, and the portrayal 0/ an anchor are trademarks 0/ Doubleday, a division 0/ Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. A Teachers & \Vriters Collaborative Book Book Design by Cheryl L. Cipriani Library 0/ Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data The Art 0/ the personal essay: an anthology from the classical era to the present / selected and with an introduction by Phillip Lopate. p. cm. "A Teachers & Writers Collaborative book." Includes bibliographical references (p. ). 1. Essays. 2. Essays-Translations into English. 1. Lopate, Phillip, 1943- II. Teachers & Writers Collaborative. PN6141.A78 1994 808. 84-dc20 94-29708 CIP ISBN 0-385-42298-9 Introduction, selection, and headnotes copyright © 1994 by Phillip Lopate All Rights Reserved Printed in the United States 0/ America February 1994 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
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\ [ 4 3 2 ] Carlos Fuentes novels more glib than profound, his power and confidence in handling the essay genre are indisputable. Here the charms of Fuentes' restless, absorbent, critical intelligence, his warm loyalties, and his wide experience are placed in their most attractive setting. How I Started to Write 1 I WAS B 0 R N on November 11, 1928, under the sign I would have chosen, Scorpio, and on a date shared with Dostoevsky, Crommelynck, and Vonnegut. My mother was rushed from a steaming-hot movie house in those days before Colonel Buendia took his son to discover ice in the tropics. She was seeing King Vidor's version of La Boheme with John Gilbert and Lillian Gish. Perhaps the pangs of my birth were provoked by this anomaly: a silent screen version of Puccini's opera. Since then, the operatic and the cinematographic have had a tug-of-war with my words, as if expecting the Scorpio of fiction to rise from silent music and blind images. All this, let me add to clear up my biography, took place in the swelter- ing heat of Panama City, where my father was beginning his diplomatic career as an attache to the Mexican legation. (In those days, embassies were established only in the most important capitals-no place where the mean average year-round temperature was perpetually in the nineties.) Since my father was a convinced Mexican nationalist, the problem of where I was to be born had to be resolved under the sign, not of Scorpio, but of the Eagle and the Serpent. The Mexican legation, however, though it had extraterritorial rights, did not have even a territorial midwife; and the Minister, a fastidious bachelor from Sinaloa by the name of Ignacio Norris, who resembled the poet Quevedo as one pince-nez resembles an- other, would have none of me suddenly appearing on the legation parquet, even if the Angel Gabriel had announced me as a future Mexican writer of
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This note was uploaded on 10/18/2011 for the course IDS 2935 taught by Professor B.smith,v.rovine,f.lewis during the Spring '11 term at University of Florida.

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