Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-xii

This first publication of an extended collection of letters between two modern Latin American women documents the unpredictably close friendship between Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) of Chile and Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979) of Argentina. It would be difficult to imagine two writers more dissimilar in background and upbringing, appearance and...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-26

A biographical perspective presents immediate, striking differences between Gabriela Mistral and Victoria Ocampo. Mistral (whose given name was Lucila Godoy Alcayaga)1 was born into a middle-class family in a provincial town in the Chilean Andes, 400 kilometers north of the capital city. She pushed her way out of poverty and obscurity through publishing poetry and a range of teaching materials for use in schools...

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Part One: Letters 1926 –1939

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pp. 27-100

Victoria Ocampo,
Thank you for your pretty flowers. I leave [for] Europe early tomorrow morning. I’ve asked various people about you. I would have been honored and very happy to get to know you. Now isn’t the time. In you I salute an extraordinary sensibility within our race, and I declare myself...

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Part Two: Letters 1940 –1952

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pp. 101-190

Oft-remembered Votoya,
You’ll say that I only write you about somebody.That may be the case, but we’re always thinking about you, no exaggeration, every day. Your manuscript — what you’re writing — has not arrived. Get to work, since that’s the only salvation in this moment of desperation, of sobbing...

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Part Three: Letters 1953 –1956

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pp. 191-272

My very dear Gabriela:
Don’t be surprised that I haven’t written you.When I see you, I’ll explain why. I always feel close to you.
Roger Caillois wrote me that he was planning to meet with you at some congress or other (in celebration of the Martí centennial, or something like that).1 Did you go? Are you staying in Naples? I’m enclosing...

Appendix: Added Writings

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pp. 273-316

Chronology

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pp. 317-328

Biographical Dictionary

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pp. 329-338

Works Cited

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pp. 339-348

Index

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pp. 349-378