Legends, Tales and Poems by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
In preparing this collection of Becquer’s legends, tales, and short poems, which is the only annotated edition of this author’s works that has been published as yet for English-speaking students,
the editor has aimed to give to our schools and colleges a book that may serve, not only as a reader for first or second year classes,
but also as an introduction to Spanish literature, through the works of one of the most original and charming authors of the Spanish Romantic school.
Fondness for good literature should be stimulated from the very first, and the quaint tales and legends of old Spain contained in this edition, told,
as they are, in a most fascinating style, are well adapted to captivate the student’s interest and to lead him to investigate further the rich mine of Spanish literature.
Becquer’s poetry is no less pleasing than his prose, and not much more difficult to read.
With the aid of the ample treatise on Spanish versification contained in the introduction,
the student will be enabled to appreciate the harmony and rhythm of Becquer’s verse, and in all subsequent reading of Spanish poetry he will find this treatise a convenient and valuable work of reference.
The Life of Becquer, though concise, is perhaps the most complete that has yet been published,
for it embodies all the data given by previous biographers and a certain number of facts gathered by the writer at the time of his last visit to Spain (in 1905–1906), from friends of Becquer who were then living.
The vocabulary has been made sufficiently complete to free the notes from that too frequent translation of words or phrases which often encumbers them