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    Jorge Luis Borges. Corrected Carbon Typescript of "Aspectos de la Literatura Gauchesca." [No place: no date, c. 1945]. Carbon typescript corrected in thirty-five places by Borges, of his wonderful essay on Gaucho literature. Twenty-five pages (first eighteen pages approximately 8.5 x 11 inches (220 x 280 mm.); last seven pages approximately 8.5 x 12.5 inches (220 x 315 mm.). Paper is browned and toned in various places, and the paper quite brittle and with chipping around the edges and occasional slight loss (larger edge chips to pages 1 and 18). Ink markings to the margins and in the text, mostly edits and underlining. Altogether, a very good example of a literary essay corrected and with holograph additions by Borges.

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    The essays begins, "It is well known that when he was asked how long it took him to paint one of his Nocturnes, James Whistler replied, 'My whole life.' He could, with equal rigor, have said that it took the whole history of Western Civilization. From this correct application of the law of causation, it follows that even the most meager of facts presupposes the whole inconceivable universe, and that conversely, the great universe stands in need of the most meager of facts. To investigate the causes of a phenomenon, even a phenomenon as simple as that of Gaucho literature, is to open oneself up to the infinite."

    Borges was long fascinated by the life and ways of the gaucho, genuine examples of which still could be found near the Buenos Aires of his childhood. The persona and ethos of the gaucho inhabit much of Borges's poetry and figure in a number of his renowned Ficciones.

    The present typescript was prepared by Borges for a conference on Art and Popular Culture at the University of Montevideo on the 29th of October 1945. It is corrected by Borges in thirty-five locations, sometimes substantially. Borges was a timid public speaker and rarely accepted invitations to speak or present his work in public, and when he did accept, he often sat by as his lecture was delivered by a colleague. In this instance, the speech was delivered by a young professor named José Pedro Díaz, with Borges watching from the front row.

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