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                                                N.Y. Encyclopedia of Famous Puertor Ricans

                                                             

Concha Melendez          

 

 Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, on January 21, 1895.  She is one of the most notorious Boricuas writers of the last century. Poet, writer, professor and a prestigious critic of Puerto Rican and Hispanic American literature, she was an elementary and secondary school teacher.  In 1922 she was a professor at the University of Puerto Rico.  She continued her graduate studies in Spain, the United States and Mexico.  There she was the first woman to receive a doctorate in Philosophy and Letters.  She was the Director of the Hispanic Studies and Humanities Faculty Department at the University of Puerto Rico, where she founded the Tenure on Hispanic American Literature.  Her essays, a product of serious investigations, have been published in the most important publications on Hispanic literature.  Her writings have been compiled in fifteen volumes by the Editorial Cultural.  Some of these include: “Asomante”, “Amado Nervo”, “La inquietud sosegada”, “Various Hispanic American Poets”, “The Art of Storytelling in Puerto Rico”, “Signs from Iberoamerica”, “Entrance in Peru”, “Figuration of Puerto Rico and other studies”, “José de Diego in my memory”, “Hispanic American Literature”, “Words for Listeners”, “People and Books”, “Fiction Literature in Puerto Rico”, “Poetry in Alfonso Reyes” y “Indian Novel in Hispanic America”. She has been awarded with many honors and distinctions in Puerto Rico as well as in other countries of the world.  She died in San Juan on June 26, 1983.

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