Constancia de la Mora's fame seemed guaranteed by the compelling story of her life. She had been an aristocrat turned Communist, a celebrated author, and an international political figure whose acquaintances and collaborators included Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Tina Modotti, Vittorio Vidali, and Anna Seghers. Yet, surprisingly, instead of remaining a heroine of the Republic, Constancia de la Mora's memory somehow faded from Republican history. This book sets out to explore the life of this privileged woman who unexpectedly cast in her lot with that of the Spanish people.
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Soledad Fox is professor of Spanish and comparative literature at Williams College. She has published articles and lectured on Spanish and French literature, and on exile and autobiographical writing. She spent 2004 as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar researching the life of Constancia de la Mora. This study combines personal documents (unpublished letters, memoirs, and photos) and official government files (from the FBI and the Comintern), and brings together previously unavailable archival materials.Review:
“Throughout her book, Fox carefully corrects or complements De la Mora’s own account of her life, and gracefully withholds moral judgment, painting a balanced picture of virtues and faults. She is not out, she writes, to ‘discredit Constancia’, who remains for her ‘an exceptional defender of the Republic’. Still, she argues, De la Mora’s role needs to be reconsidered in light of the new evidence. Fox also makes clear that much about De la Mora is still unknown. One of the charming aspects of this biography is that, for all its astonishing revelations, it does not attempt to answer every single question, leaving the reader with some tantalizing enigmas. In this way, too, Fox’s book can be seen as a critical, yet respectfully measured homage to its subject.” —Bulletin of Spanish Studies
“Until now, nobody had taken on the double task of providing a critical analysis of Constancia de la Mora’s life and the context in which her one great work was created. This is the task that Soledad Fox has undertaken brilliantly... She takes on two roles: biographer and literary scholar... Fox offers us a heartfelt tribute to an exceptional woman, as well as a portrait of the anticommunist fever in the United States between the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The figure of Constancia had faded from history. Soledad Fox’s book recovers it with great empathy.” —Revista de Libros
“... This is a highly provocative book. Just as it brings to light myriad mysteries surrounding de la Mora’s peripatetic life, it raised many other intriguing questions. For instance, why did de la Mora avoid giving credit to her ghostwriter, and why didn’t McKenney insist that she reveal the truth about authorship of In Place of Splendor? What motivated de la Mora to go on a trip with a conservative American woman whom, from Fox’s descriptions, de la Mora appears to have loathed?... Fox suggests that de la Mora became intransigent and capricious in her last years. No doubt, like many of her fellow exiles, she suffered from the psychological trauma that those who had lost their homeland and loved ones experienced, and her anguish was complicated by her feeling of impotence. One can only imagine how deeply confounded and miserable she must have been when she realized that she could not help the Spaniards suffering in Spain and France and when, after World War II, all hope that Franco would be overthrown disappeared.” —The Volunteer
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