This collection of legends and poetry is a classic in Spain that you read in on your teenage years. If you read it as an adult you may be surprised that you liked it so much when you were younger, as it could be considered a little clichéd. However, for many Spaniards, it’s their first introduction to poetry as it was in my case. As for the legends part of it, I always remember being fascinated by the story of a man who gets locked inside the cathedral of Toledo at night. I think that story might be the reason why I don’t like to be alone with religious statues. This book is a great Romantic introduction to poetry and fiction. — Adriana Gómez Piccolo
Spain's great lyric poet, Gustavo Adolfo B cquer (1836-1870), is famed both for his poetry and his fiction. B cquer's celebrated Rhymes consists of sixty-six of the most splendid poems written in Spain in the nineteenth century. As the Alvarez Quintero brothers said, "All his poetry is moonlight." And the six tales from B cquer's Legends, shimmering between romance and fantasy, show why his prose is recognized as among the best from the Spanish Romantic tradition. Editor Stanley Appelbaum provides sensitive, accurate English translations on the pages facing the original Spanish, as well as an informative introduction to the author's life and work. This volume is a treasure for students and teachers of Spanish language and literature and for lovers of poetry and storytelling.