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The Dinner at Gonfarone'sSalomón de la Selva and His Pan-American Project in Nueva York, 1915-1919$
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Peter Hulme

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786942005

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786942005.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Dinner at Gonfarone's
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Peter Hulme

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786942005.003.0001

An introduction is offered to Salomón de la Selva’s pan-American project – a series of dinners bringing together writers from North and South America, all held in New York between 1915 and 1919. The chapter organisation of the book is explained: two scene-setting chapters precede five that move chronologically through the period. The book is situated with respect to the concept of the American Tropics, to transnational literary studies, to historicism, and to biography. Finally, a sketch is offered of the anomalous critical position of Salomón de la Selva, seen within Latin American literature as a minor poet and to date largely ignored within US literature, even as a Latino writer.

Keywords:   American Tropics, New York, Salomón de la Selva, Pan-American

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