By Emilia Pardo Bazán

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En una ocasión, Leopoldo unfortunately «Clarín» afirmó que Emilia Pardo Bazán period «uno de los españoles que más saben y mejor entienden lo que ven, piensan y sienten. Tratar con ella es aprender mucho». l. a. crítica suele estar de acuerdo en afirmar que donde mejor se recoge su habilidad como escritora es, precisamente, en sus cuentos -valientes, modernos, de impecable factura-. Leer estas piezas supone una grata sorpresa.

Eva Acosta, biógrafa de l. a. condesa y una de las mayores especialistas de su obra, ha llevado a cabo una rigurosa selección de sus mejores cuentos. Fantásticos, policíacos, realistas, humorísticos, de misterio, históricos o intimistas, esta antología constituye una de las cumbres de l. a. narrativa española del XIX.

«No llamaba amor a devaneos breves y sin huella. No llamaba amor a l. a. sensibilidad. Y l. a. sensibilidad redoblaba su tristeza, vaga e indefinible.»

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The animals in The Jungle Books (and, in places, the humans) don舗t only discuss hunting舒they do it. They do so much of it that Henry James, a lone critical voice when the books first appeared, remarked in a letter to Edmund Gosse: 舡The violence of it all, the almost exclusive preoccupation with fighting and killing, is ... 舠 Kipling舗s wolves do, however, adhere to a strict code of ethical behavior, which Mowgli舒and the hypothetical child reader舒learn. The violence in the books is tempered by this code of Jungle Law.

The sequence of the stories has never been fixed once and for all. When first published, each book mixed Mowgli and non-Mowgli stories together, with juxtaposed tales complementing or commenting on each other. For the Outward Bound Edition of 1897, Kipling rearranged the stories, clustering the Mowgli tales together in the first Jungle Book and organizing them chronologically. He also grouped 舠In the Rukh舡 with the other stories featuring Mowgli. This distribution of tales was repeated in the Sussex edition, organized at the end of Kipling舗s life.

35). The Red Dog are represented in a similar way; like the Bandar-log, they gather in masses, are considered 舠lawless,舡 and run rampant over vast areas舒that is, they do not have a particular place (like Shere Khan, who breaks the law by leaving his hunting grounds). These descriptions舒such as that of the 舠savage horses,舡 who are characterized as a 舠mob舡舒evoke contemporaneous depictions of the masses in the popular press and in works by writers such as Henry James and H. G. Wells. Notably, many of the nonwhite people who appear in the Mowgli tales are grouped together with lawless animals.

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