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Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded


First Advisor

Luis A. Marentes

Second Advisor

María Soledad Barbón

Third Advisor

José N. Ornelas

Subject Categories

Latin American Literature | Spanish Literature


This dissertation focuses on the epistolary communication between Alfredo González Prada, Luis Alberto Sánchez and Adriana de Verneuil between the years 1925-1943. The correspondence reveals unfamiliar aspects in the life of the controversial Peruvian writer, Manuel González Prada (1844-1918). I argue that in order to better understand his work and personal life it is necessary to study the voices that were close to him, and in charge of the publication of his posthumous work. The correspondence also opens the discussion of the literary work of Luis Alberto Sánchez in Don Manuel (1930). Sánchez’s book constructs Prada’s heroic character within a Peruvian context marked by the war. Its publication led to immense efforts of Alfredo González Prada in the desire to vindicate his father’s life and message, that for him was not entirely understood. The analysis explores Alfredo’s labor as an editor and writer who by committing himself to his father’s work, left aside his own creative writing. Alongside with Alfredo, was Adriana de Verneuil who not only was González Prada’s wife, but also a presence that exerted great influence on the writer’s literary work. She was an editor, literary agent, collaborator and participant on Prada’s ideas. She constructed a less antagonistic version of the writer showing the Manuel Gonzalez Prada she knew through Mi Manuel (1947), an autobiography in which she traced her life alongside the writer opening the doors to the intimacy of her husband and intellectual partner. Consequently, through the 166 letters, Don Manuel and Mi Manuel the reader can enter the writer’s domestic spaces through those who shared and/or dedicated considerable part of their life to Manuel Gonzalez Prada’s literary legacy.


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