Item #4471 Los Amores de Gaona. Loreley, Garza i e., Maria Luisa.

Los Amores de Gaona

San Antonio: Art Advertising Co., 1922. 110,[4]pp. 12mo. Original pictorial wrappers. Contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper. Spine ends chipped, wrappers with moderate wear and soiling. Light toning and scattered foxing, plus a few stray pencil marks, internally. Good plus. Item #4471

Scarce Spanish-language novella, authored by San Antonio resident and Nuevo Leon emigrant Maria Luisa Garza in the early 1920s. "Writing under the pen name Loreley, Garza began her career writing articles that were published in the San Antonio Spanish-language newspapers La Prensa; La Época, of which she became editor; and El Imparcial de Texas, in which she launched her own weekly column, 'Crónicas femeninas'; as well as the El Paso papers La Patria and La República.... In 1922 she founded the magazine Alma Fememenia and published her first two novels, La novia de Nervo and Los amores de Gaona. During her time in Texas, Garza became an active member of a thriving literary community. At the time, San Antonio was brimming with Spanish-language bookstores, newspapers, and publishing houses which became an integral part of an ideological movement called El México de Afuera'" -- Handbook of Texas (Online). The text is styled as a submission to the author, in which the protagonist Rodolfo Gaona reflects on his past and present loves, romantic and otherwise. OCLC locates just a small handful of institutional copies, only two of which in Texas -- at UTA and UTSA.

Price: $575.00