Author: Nancy F Merino ISBN: 9781855662315
Format: HB Extent: 208 pp.
Price: £55 Publication: November 2011
Publisher: Tamesis Books (Boydell & Brewer)
An elegy composed on the death of his father, Jorge Manrique's Coplas has occupied a prominent position in the literature of Spain from its original composition in the fifteenth century to the present day. The author of this book carefully examines its sources, structure, transmission, critical reception and fame
throughout the centuries, including praise from writers as widely separated by time and outlook as Lope de Vega, Longfellow, who translated the work, Luis Cernuda, and Julian Marías. She also looks at the many musical adaptations of the poem up to the present, where it is performed by popular singers such as Paco Ibáñez while continuing to stimulate considerable academic interest.