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Manuel Mantero

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Distinguished Research Professor of Spanish Emeritus

As a graduate of the Universidad de Sevilla Law School, Manuel Mantero obtained his Doctorate from the Universidad de Salamanca and was professor in the universities of Sevilla and Madrid. In 1969 he left Spain to be Professor of Spanish at Western Michigan University, arriving in 1973 at the University of Georgia where he retired in 2000 as a Distinguished Research Professor of Spanish.

Among other honors, he has been awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura, Premio Fastenrath of the Real Academia Española de la Lengua, the Creative Research Medal and the Albert Christ-Janer Award from the University of Georgia, and the Premio Andalucía de la Crítica (twice). He was also a Consultant for the Royal Swedish Academy for the Nobel Prize in Literature and has received the Gold Medal from the city of Sevilla, where in 2006 he was awarded a street in his name.

His book publications include Tiempo del hombre (Poetry, 1960), Misa solemne (Poetry, 1966), La poesía del Yo al Nosotros (Essay/Critical Study, 1971), Memorias de Deucalión (Poetry, 1981), Poetas españoles de posguerra (Essay/Critical Study, 1986), Antes muerto que mudado (Novel, 1990), and Equipaje (Poetry, 2005), among others. He has also edited anthologies of Spanish poetry and of the poetry of Jorge Guillén. His last work of prose, Había una ventana de colores. Memorias y desmemorias, was presented in 2005 at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid by Carmen Calvo, Minister of Culture for the Government of Spain. RD Editores published his complete verse and prose in four volumes (2007-2011). His work has been translated into English, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Romanian, Ukrainian, and Polish, among other languages. His poetry readings and conferences are numerous, and diverse congresses and special sessions have been dedicated to his work.

Books on the work of Manuel Mantero include Manuel Mantero. Una poética indagatoria de la Otredad (1991), A Study of the Works of Manuel Mantero by Douglas Barnette (1995), and Manuel Mantero: lectura de la llama en el verso (2002). In the first volume of his complete works, Francisco J. Peñas Bermejo provides a critical introduction and a bibliography. According to the Nobel Laureate Vicente Aleixandre, Manuel Mantero “ha producido una obra que por su personalidad y altura añade valores al conjunto de la lírica española actual.” Additionally, his work “traza una huella indeleble en la poesía de su época.”

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