Cover

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Title Page

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Table of Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

I thank the many people and organizations that have helped me in various ways during the writing of this book: The Arts and Humanities Research Board, the Newby Trust, Oxford University (through the Labouchere and de Osma Funds), the government of Poland, the Xunta de Galicia, Hertford College Oxford (including the Starun Fund), the Queen’s College Oxford ...

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Chapter 1. “Like Atlantis Swallowed Up by the Sea”

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pp. 1-22

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Chapter 2. Poland–Russia–Lithuania

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pp. 23-50

Sofía Casanova’s marriage to Wincenty Lutosławski in 1887 introduced her to a world that was significantly broader, both geographically and intellectually, than she could ever have imagined from her Madrid salon. She now had the opportunity not only to travel extensively throughout Europe but also to meet and associate with some of Europe’s most brilliant writers, philosophers, ...

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Chapter 3. Andalusia–Madrid–Africa

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pp. 51-77

Despite (or perhaps because of) the success of El doctor Wolski, it would be thirteen years before Sofía Casanova published her second novel, Lo eterno (1907).1 The need to avoid overt controversy—in life as well as literature—was particularly pertinent to Casanova at the time of Lo eterno’s publication, as she struggled to reestablish herself in Madrid after an absence of nearly two ...

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Chapter 4. Poland–Madrid–Poland

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pp. 78-104

One of the letters from my novel Más que amor, which his newspaper was publishing, had been fined 500 rubles (1,500 pesetas), the maximum punishment imposed by the military tribunals for literary “crimes.” And the pronouncement in the most cursory minutes of the meeting was this: “For being prejudicial to the State we impose,” etc.]1...

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Chapter 5. Madrid–Galicia

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pp. 105-135

The breakdown of Sofía Casanova’s marriage to Wincenty Lutosławski so swiftly followed her literary success with both the Spanish and Polish ver-sions of Más que amor that a cynical reader might be tempted to connect the two events. Casanova never openly acknowledged Lutosławski’s remarriage (he began a new family with a former student). She managed to turn this per-...

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Chapter 6. Madrid–London–St. Petersburg–Galicia–America

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pp. 136-168

Es un libro fragante, perfumado de cosas galicianas, as

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Conclusion

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pp. 169-174

Sofía Casanova’s decision to return to the front line of the war in Poland in 1914 rather than remain in the relative safety of Spain was primarily a personal one, but its effect on her professional life and on the career she had worked so hard to resuscitate over the previous five years was transformative....

Appendix I. Complete Bibliography of Sofía Casanova’s Published Works

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pp. 175-208

Appendix II. M

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pp. 209-212

Notes

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pp. 213-222

Works Cited

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pp. 223-230

Index

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pp. 231-235