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The Tormento Sketches: Secrets and Surprises from the Original Manuscript Surrounding the Galdosian Creative Process

The Tormento Sketches: Secrets and Surprises from the Original Manuscript Surrounding the... When Pérez Galdós sat down in 1914 for an interview with J.M. Carretero ("El Caballero Audaz") he was on the verge of a stunning revelation about how he created the memorable characters that have delighted readers for decades.1 "Antes de crear literariamente los personajes de mis obras," he explains, "los dibujo con el lápiz para tenerlos delante mientras que hablo de ellos (10)." A few lines later in the same interview he surprises his readers with yet another confidence: " [...] tengo dibujados todos los personajes que he creado (10)." From the standpoint of how the Galdosian creative process worked the impact of this information is dramatic to say the least. Not only did the novelist observe his characters in the streets of Madrid he also made sketches that played a vital role in the evolution from graphic to lexical. Stephen Miller, author of Galdós Gráfico and probably the critic most familiar with the graphic component in Galdós, confirms the importance of these manuscript drawings: Más significantes son algunos de los abundantes dibujos que adornan las páginas manuscritas de las novelas galdosianas. No se estudian aquí por requerir un tiempo y acceso a los manuscritos que yo no http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anales Galdosianos Anales Galdosianos

The Tormento Sketches: Secrets and Surprises from the Original Manuscript Surrounding the Galdosian Creative Process

Anales Galdosianos , Volume 46 (1) – Dec 19, 2011

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When Pérez Galdós sat down in 1914 for an interview with J.M. Carretero ("El Caballero Audaz") he was on the verge of a stunning revelation about how he created the memorable characters that have delighted readers for decades.1 "Antes de crear literariamente los personajes de mis obras," he explains, "los dibujo con el lápiz para tenerlos delante mientras que hablo de ellos (10)." A few lines later in the same interview he surprises his readers with yet another confidence: " [...] tengo dibujados todos los personajes que he creado (10)." From the standpoint of how the Galdosian creative process worked the impact of this information is dramatic to say the least. Not only did the novelist observe his characters in the streets of Madrid he also made sketches that played a vital role in the evolution from graphic to lexical. Stephen Miller, author of Galdós Gráfico and probably the critic most familiar with the graphic component in Galdós, confirms the importance of these manuscript drawings: Más significantes son algunos de los abundantes dibujos que adornan las páginas manuscritas de las novelas galdosianas. No se estudian aquí por requerir un tiempo y acceso a los manuscritos que yo no

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Published: Dec 19, 2011

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