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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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Setting the Scene: New York in 1914

Setting the Scene: New York in 1914

(p.9) Chapter One Setting the Scene: New York in 1914
The Dinner at Gonfarone's

Peter Hulme

Liverpool University Press

A picture of literary life in New York in 1914 is sketched, just as Salomón de la Selva began his career as a poet. The group of 1914 was the third generation of Hispanic writers resident in the city, many of them exiles from the political revolutions elsewhere in the American Tropics. The second generation had been dominated by José Martí. After Spain’s removal from Cuba in 1898, many Cuban exiles returned home and there was a hiatus in the early years of the new century before a third generation began to take shape, which de la Selva joined straight from his schooling on Staten Island, fully bi-lingual. Institutional support was important for young writers, so there are accounts here too of the origins of the Poetry Society of America, the Hispanic Society of America, and of the new journals which had begun to proliferate. New York was fast becoming the city of modernity, prompting here a discussion of the relationship between the literary terms modernismo and modernism, for which an American current is traced.

Keywords:   Salomón de la Selva, New York, Modernismo, Modernism, New verse

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