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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Sources

The Benson Latin American Collection

Ignacio Manuel Altamirano's El Zarco: episodios de la vida mexicana en 1861-1863:

A Manuscript Held by the Benson Latin American Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator Altamirano, Ignacio Manuel, 1834-1893
Title " El Zarco: episodios de la vida mexicana en 1861-1863"
Dates: 1888
Abstract Holograph manuscript of Altamirano's last novel, El Zarco, written 1886-1888, and first published posthumously in 1901.
OCLC Record No. 31139458
Extent 1 v. (335 leaves) ; 35 cm.
Language Spanish or Castilian.
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Novelist, poet, journalist. Born 1834 in Tixtla, Mexico; died 1893 in San Remo, Italy. Considered a major contributor to the development of a national literature in Mexico. Major novels include: Clemencia (1869), La navidad en las montañas (1870), and El zarco (1901).

Altamirano also received a law degree; served as representative to the national congress; held the post of professor of the history of philosophy and eloquence in the law school in Mexico City; was elected to the Supreme Court; and founded several newspapers, journals, and societies. He became Mexico's consul general to Spain in 1889 and to France in 1890.

Other positions held include: Professor at Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, Escuela de la Comercio, Escuela de Jurisprudencia, and Escuela Nacional para Maestros, Magistrate of the Suprema Corte de Justicia, Procurador General de la Nación.

Chronology
13 Nov 1834 born in Tixtla (present-day Guerrero) to Francisco Altamirano and Gertrudis Basilio
13 Dec 1834 baptized (from Library of Congress authority record)
1849
1854?
1861
1867 ended military service and devoted life to teaching, literature, and public service
1867 founded periodical, El Correo de Mexico, with Ignacio Ramírez and Guillermo Prieto
1867 first novel, Julia, published
1869 Clemencia published
1869 founded literary review, El Renacimiento, with Gonzalo A. Esteva
1870 director of Liceo Hidalgo
1870 La Navidad en las Montañas published
1871 participated with Manuel Payno in founding of El Federalista
1875 participated in founding of La Tribuna
1880 participated in founding of La Republica
1889 named Cónsul General de México en España
13 Feb 1893 died in San Remo, Italy
1901 first publication of El Zarco

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Scope and Contents

Bound holograph manuscript by Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, written during the years 1886-1888, of his last novel, El Zarco: episodias de la vida mexicana en 1861-1863.

The last page bears the author's handwritten and signed note: "He concluido esta novela a las once y veinte minutos de la noche del 6 de abril de 1888. " The title page contains the following information in the author's hand: "Esta novela fué vendida en $200 al Sr. D. Santiago Ballescá en Febrero de 1887, aunque no estaba escrita mas que la mitad de ella, esto es: 13 capítulos que fueron leidos en las sessiones públicas y privadas del Liceo Hidalgo en 1886. El editor se propone publicarla en Barcelona, ilustrada con grabados, sobre dibujos hechos por D. Ramon Cantó."

El Zarco was published posthumously, in 1901.

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Administrative Information

Provenance Information

This manuscript was formerly owned by Luis González Obregon, whose signed note appears on the verso of the title page: "Me regaló este autografo el maestro Altamirano poco antes de salir para Europa."

In 1961 the manuscript was in the possession of Marte R. Gómez. (See María del Carmen Millán's introduction to El Zarco y la navidad en las Montañas, 1966). The manuscript was purchased by the University of Texas in April 1986 from Dorothy Sloan Books.

Processing Information

Prepared by the Mexican Archives Project, November 1994.

Chronology compiled by Ann Hodges, June 13, 1994

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Sources

Brushwood, John Stubbs, 1920- The romantic novel in Mexico. (University of Missouri studies ; v. 26, no. 4)
Columbia, Mo. :
University of Missouri,
1954.

Millán, María del Carmen. Introduction to El Zarco y La navidad en las montañas,
México :
Editorial Porrua,
1966.

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