162 pp., 6 x 9, 5 drawings, 1 maps, notes, bibl., index, glossary
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9032-5
Published: January 1959
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Stoudemire offers comprehensive introductory material on the author of the text and its writing, drawing not only on the original text, but the excellent work of Enrique Álvarez López, a naturalist who has published excellent versions of the Natural History in modern Spanish. This leads Stoudemire’s English version to be a beautiful rendition that is both accurate and readable. It presents the heart of Oviedo’s work without the interminable unpunctuated sentences of the original, and as such is an excellent introduction to both the Chronicle as a genre, and to Oviedo’s oeuvre.