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DONA PERFECTA 

by B.  PEREZ GALDOS 

Translated from the Spanish
Mary J.  Serrano 

INTRODUCTION 

The very acute and lively Spanish critic who signs himself Clarin, and
is known personally as Don Leopoldo Alas, says the present Spanish
novel has no yesterday, but only a day-before-yesterday.  It does not
derive from the romantic novel which immediately preceded that: the
novel, large or little, as it was with Cervantes, Hurtado de Mendoza,
Quevedo, and the masters of picaresque fiction. 

Clarin dates its renascence from the political revolution of 1868,
which gave Spanish literature the freedom necessary to the fiction
that studies to reflect modern life, actual ideas, and current

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