BIOGRAPHY OF THE BULLS by Rex- Ed. Smith

BIOGRAPHY OF THE BULLS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An anthology of bullfighting in Spain makes no pretensions at being a history or an encyclopedia and concentrates on bringing together the best of auro-machian art and writing, selected for the purpose of clarifying the many typical and representative phases of Spain's national spectacle. The preface, by the editor, who is often translator, does follow the history and origins of the fighting bull, bull fighting and the fiesta itself from the noble amateurs to the special breed of professionals -- fighters as well as bulls, and is followed by definition and description of the basic passes, the veronica, the natural and the estocada. Then come excerpts from Belmonte, Sidney Franklin, from travelers and officials, from Hemingway, Frank Harris, Blasco-Ibanez, Barnaby Conrad, Tom Lea, Pritchett, Ruark; from poets and critics, from newspapers and books, from past and present a ficionados. An excellent culling of a vast library this excludes the chi-chi and the morbid thrill while its illustrations, assembled because they are appropriate and related, include neither paintings nor photographs. For those who are really, really interested.

Publisher: Rinehart