Antón Pérez: Manuel Sánchez Mármol’s Novel of Race, War, and Passion

by Terry Rugeley

About Terry Rugeley

Manuel Sánchez Mármol worked as the personal secretary to Colonel Gregorio Méndez Magaña, obtained a law degree, and and went on to occupy a variety of state government positions, eventually rising to become a federal congressman. Even with his busy political career, Manuel Sánchez Mármol found time to do what educated gentlemen did: indulge his passion for literature. Together with a handful of leading Yucatecan intellectuals, he published a satirical newspaper (La burla), and on his own, the pro-Liberal El águila azteca (1862) in Tabasco. Sánchez Mármol also authored four other novels—El brindis de la Navidad, Pocahontas, Juanita Souza, and Previvida—together with a monograph on Mexican education, Las letras patrias.

About the translator and editor

Terry Rugeley is a retired Professor of Mexican and Latin American History at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught for twenty-four years. His long list of studies include Of Wonders and Wise Men: Religion and Popular Cultures in Southeast Mexico, 1800–1876 (2001) and The River People in Flood Time: The Civil Wars in Tabasco, Spoiler of Empires (2014). An accomplished translator, he has also published numerous book-length works from both Spanish and German. He has been awarded a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship, an American Philosophical Society grant, the Best Book award (2003) of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, and Honorable Mention for Best Book (2010) of the Pacific Chapter of the American Historical Association.


 

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