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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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The Last Dinner (1919)

The Last Dinner (1919)

(p.277) Chapter Seven The Last Dinner (1919)
The Dinner at Gonfarone's

Peter Hulme

Liverpool University Press

After his return to New York in April 1919, de la Selva re-engaged with some of his friends, but clearly the fire of his ambition was burning less brightly. His friend Adolphe Roberts had a book of poems in the pipeline and so de la Selva took the opportunity to organise a final pan-American occasion: the dinner at Gonfarone’s. The dinner’s guest-list provides a final snapshot of Hispanic New York; and this last chapter also carefully places the dinner in its political and social context in the summer of 1919, at the height of the Red Scare. A final letter is given careful consideration: shortly after the dinner at Gonfarone’s, Jessie Rittenhouse wrote to de la Selva to ask whether she could include his work in an anthology she was compiling of “contemporaneous American poets”. He refused, but his lengthy explanation offers a compelling self-analysis which acts as an obituary for at least this particular stage of his pan-American project.

Keywords:   Salomón de la Selva, New York, Marya Zaturenska, W. Adolphe Roberts, Jessie Rittenhouse

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