The Secret of Galdós's 1881 Sphinx: Unpublished Sketches and Material from the Original Manuscript of La desheredada

Schnepf, Michael
October 2009
Confluencia;Fall2009, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p113
Academic Journal
An essay is presented which discusses the drawing of a sphinx which appeared in the book "La desheredada," by Pérez Galdós. The author notes how sketches and textual references in the original manuscript for the book relate to the drawing, which also appeared in Galdós' book "Episodios Nacionales." Alternate versions of the motto used in the drawing are also discussed. The author suggests Galdós used the sphinx to represent a period of his literary work.


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