The Spanish literary tradition is an integral and vibrant component to the liveliness of
Hispanic society. From the idealistic optimism of Don Quixote in Miguel de Cervantes' epic of the same title, to the powerful narrative in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's award-winning "One Hundred Years of Solitude," to the poetry of revolution that stems from famed liberators like Jose Marti, Spanish and Latin American writers have greatly contributed to higher literary culture and political zeitgeist. To learn more about the Hispanic authors--past and present--and their writings, check out these links.
Contains detailed history of Spanish literature, essays and writers. The site also includes biographies of "literary masters" and allows you to purchase many works online.
The Literature of Spain
An exploratory essay on the evolution of Spanish Literature, from the "Silver Age" to the 20th century.
Miguel de Cervantes
The man behind "Don Quixote" has spurred a host of web sites dedicated to studying his work and legacy. Check out the complete resource guide at the Cervantes Project and the Don Quixote Web Portal.
Gabriel Jose Garcia Marquez
Born in Colombia, Marquez has spent years living in Mexico City. In 1982 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature for "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and is considered among the greater living authors. Read his biography, essays and criticisms at The Modern Word and share your opinions on the author with others at the Gabriel Garcia Marquez forum.
Jorge Luis Borges
An Argentinean author and poet known for his philosophical writings, Borges is credited with creating his own style of writing and thought, described by scholars as "transverse epistemology." Learn what this means and more about the man at The Jorge Luis Borges Center for Studies and Documentation. Check out the special library collection devoted to him at the University of Virginia, and read about his effect and inspiration on another author, who penned "The Secret Books."
Federico Garcia Lorca
Influenced mainly by the Spanish Civil War, Lorca wrote in the early part of the 20th century on the folklore of the Andalusian region. He was considered an enemy of Francisco Franco's government, and was killed by soldiers in 1936. As a martyr, he was a symbol of artistic oppression.
A prolific poet and influential politician operating mostly in the United States, Marti founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party and is still admired today for his role in leading the fight for Cuban independence from Spain. Read some of his poems.
An online collection of works from the Chilean poet.