"Borges and the Literary Marketplace" by Nora C. Benedict

Borges and the Literary Marketplace How Editorial Practices Shaped Cosmopolitan Reading Nora C. Benedict

Publication date:
26 Oct 2021
Yale University Press
320 pages: 235 x 156mm
35 b-w illus.
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A fascinating history of Jorge Luis Borges’s efforts to revolutionize and revitalize literature in Latin America

Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) stands out as one of the most widely regarded and inventive authors in world literature. Yet the details of his employment history throughout the early part of the twentieth century, which foreground his efforts to develop a worldly reading public, have received scant critical attention. From librarian and cataloguer to editor and publisher, this writer emerges as entrenched in the physical minutiae and social implications of the international book world. Drawing on years of archival research coupled with bibliographical analysis, this book explains how Borges’s more general involvement in the publishing industry influenced not only his formation as a writer, but also global book markets and reading practices in world literature. In this way it tells the story of Borges’s profound efforts to revolutionize and revitalize literature in Latin America through his varying jobs in the publishing industry.

Nora C. Benedict is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Digital Humanities in the Romance Languages Department at the University of Georgia. She lives in Athens, GA.

“This book proposes startling new perspectives from which to read Borges’s work. . . . An essential contribution to the expanding field of Borges studies.”—Alberto Manguel