Mexico City: Colegio Mexico, CELL, 1998. first edition. Paperback. 150p., onomastic index, notes, wrps. Near Fine in Wraps. Item #1377
Antonio Alatorre had a virtue: subjecting his works, published or unpublished, to constant revision and criticism. From 1998 to months before his death (in October 2010) he continued to write down, revise and correct the book Serafina y Sor Juana, as new findings and information appeared; at the same time I was rereading the Letter of Serafina de Cristo in the light of these novelties. Inexorably and tirelessly, the margins of the book were filled with annotations: up, down, right, left; entire pages upholstered with its small and clear letter. The volume became increasingly bulky with folded sheets and a pile of papers, slips of paper, written in a row, by hand or by machine, with multiple additions that required, improved or corrected what was said in 1998. This work could not and should not remain in the shade. Sorjunismo must know the unwavering commitment of Alatorre to try to clarify the most inaccurate areas of Sor Juana's life and work. Thus, everything that was loose is presented here and this new edition of Serafina and Sor Juana becomes reality, as the title "corrected and greatly increased" announces.