The “Antología Personal” Series: Juan Bosch


Puerto Rican writer Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá has been recapturing contemporary work by the leading Caribbean voices of the 20th century. He leads the series “Antología Personal,” editing books that encapsulate the essence of each writer.  Among the new editions he has produced this year are three leading writers from the Hispanophone Caribbean—Juan Bosch, Rosario Ferré, and José Luis González.

The works of the late Juan Bosch oscillate between literature and political history, spaces of knowledge from which his legacy stems. Antología Personal: Juan Bosch (in La Editorial Universidad de Puerto Rico’s second revised edition, 2009) collects his best texts, including short stories, novels, articles, lectures, and essays in literary theory, history, socio-politics, and biography. 

Juan Bosch (1909-2001) was born in La Vega, Dominican Republic, to a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother. Bosch, foremost intellectual and founder of the Dominican Revolutionary Party, is considered the precursor of Dominican short story and social narrative. He was also an essayist, historian, biographer, and first democratically elected president in the Dominican Republic after the death of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo [also see Juan Bosch (1909-2001)].

Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá teaches literature at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. His many works include Las tribulaciones de Jonás (1981), El entierro de Cortijo (1983), La noche oscura del niño Avilés (1984), Una noche con Iris Chacón (1986), Campeche o los diablejos de la melancolía (1986), Álbum de Puertorriqueños la sagrada familia (1988), Camino de Yyaloide [1994), Sol de media noche (1995), Cartagena (1997), and Pelotero (1997).

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