Reyes, Alfonso älfôn´sō rā´yĕs [key]
, 1889–1959, Mexican writer, diplomat, and educator. Reyes is generally recognized as one of the greatest Spanish-American writers of his time. After spending several years in Europe, Argentina, and Brazil as a diplomat, he became president of the Colegio de Mexico. Reyes gained international fame for his poetry, narratives, literary criticism, and essays. His Visión de Anáhuac
(1917) is a long prose poem. His poetry also includes Huellas
[traces] (1922), Romance del Río de Enero
(1933), Yerbas del Tarahumara
(1934), Golfo de México
(1935), and Romances
(1945). A classicist both in style and temperament, he brought grace, wit, and prodigious erudition to his essays. His prose works number in the hundreds; some of the most representative are La experienca literaria
(1942), El deslinde
[the frontier] (1944), Mexican Heritage
(in English, 1946), and the series Simpatías y diferencias
[sympathies and differences], Burlas literarias
[literary spoofs], and Marginalias.
His more recent works are Ancorajes
(1960), and A campo traviesa
[open country] (1960). The complete works of Reyes were published in 14 volumes between 1955 and 1959.
See his selected essays (tr. and ed. by C. Ramsdell 1964); studies by J. W. Robb (1969), B. B. Aponte (1972).
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