Carta de Waldo Frank, 27/2/1929
- PE PEAJCM JCM-F-03-05-5.2-1929-02-27
Parte deFondo José Carlos Mariátegui
Croton on Hudson, N.Y., 27 de febrero de 1929
Dear Brother Mariátegui,
I have just received your letter of Dec. 10, although illness has so far prevented me from seeing Malanca —whom, however, I hope to have lunch with in New York, next Friday. Doubtless, in the meantime, you have received a letter from me, about your Siete Ensayos, your generous note on Virgin Spain, and the possibility of my being in Lima, next year. I hope I shall have word from you soon, about all these matters.
Meantime, there is a specific question I wish to ask your help in. I am from now on, going to do what I can to introduce American literature and art into North America. I am, for instance, going to edit an anthology of Argentinian Tales. I want, as well, to edit a volume of Inca Tales, or of Tales from Peru. This book will be published by Doubleday Doran one of our best houses —with an introduction by me (unless you would care to write it), and with reproductions of a few of those magnificent works of Peruvian Art, which I have been admiring all long in Amauta. Do you think you could help me in this task—the making of a beautiful Peruvian book, as a means of introducing the real Peru to the north American public?
If so, may I ask you to send me whatever stories or collections of stories by various authors (dead or alive) deal with Peruvian or Inca life? Whatever expense there is attached to this, I shall of course gladly pay. I do hope you will cooperate with me in this project.
I have just been reading (following your book) Haya Delatorre’s Emancipación de América Latina. If you write to him, please convey to him my deepest admiration and respect: tell him that I am with him, heart and soul, in his great movement.
I don’t have to tell you, brother, that I am, heart and soul, with you.
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P. S. If there are enough good stories of Inca life —ancient + modern, I would call the book Inca Tales. If not, we could include others -preferably tales of the people. One or two stories about the town life —Lima, Callao, Cuzco— might also be added. I will pay for all books sent me - + also for the use of stories by living authors.