A selection of the Mexican nun's work in excellent versions by Alan Trueblood. It successfully reflects the versatility of Sor Juana, whose styles range from spirited popular lyrics, some incorporating snatches of Nahuatl or Afro-Spanish refrains, to the learned conceits of her full-blown Gongorist manner. -- Edwin Williamson London Review of Books [Trueblood] is astonishingly successful at rendering Sor Juana's Baroque complexities and her elusive simplicities. -- Richard Eder Los Angeles Times Book Review Sor Juana with her intricate conceits, torrents of imagery and baroque opulence...inspires and challenges Trueblood to transform the Spanish verse forms into contemporary equivalents. He triumphs. -- Robert Taylor Boston Globe This anthology projects a masterful vision of Sor Juana. The selection, translations, and commentary are laudable. A voice once silenced is most resonant. -- Edward H. Friedman Modern Language Review
Traces the life of the seventeenth century Hispanic poet, shares a selection of her poetry, and discusses her place in the history of Latin American literature.
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