Erwin Kempton Mapes

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Erwin Kempton Mapes (9 June 1884, Gilman, Indiana, - 18 February 1961), was an American scholar of Spanish-American literature and Hispanist, renowned for his work on the Hispanic Modernists.

Mapes received his bachelors from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa in 1909. He then went to Harvard University and studied Hispanic Studies under Jeremiah D. M. Ford, receiving his masters in 1915.[1] He received his doctorate from the University of Paris with a study on Rubén Darío, published in 1925 as L'influence française dans l'oeuvre of Rubén Darío.[2]

Before receiving his doctorate, Mapes taught at various small colleges including Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison. Afterwards, in 1925, he was appointed as an associate professor at the State University of Iowa, where he taught until his retirement. He was made full professor in 1937.[1]

During his life he concentrated his study of literary criticism on Rubén Darío, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera and Modernism in Spanish-American literature. He was for many years considered the highest authority in these subjects. Almost all of his work was published in American and French journals. He also published a few books, designed to educate, such as Y va de cuento (1943), in collaboration with Juan Lopez Morillas. In 1958 he published a critical edition of Cuentos completos y otras narraciones of Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera.[3]


  1. ^ a b Roggiano, Alfredo A. (September 1961) "Erwin Kempton Mapes (1884-1961)" Hispania 44(3): pp. 461-464
  2. ^ Mapes, Edwin K. (1925) L'influence française dans l'oeuvre of Rubén Darío Paris, republished in 1966 by Comisión Nacional para la Celebración del Centenario del Nacimiento de Rubén Darío, Managua, Nicaragua OCLC 54179225
  3. ^ Nájera, Manuel Gutiérrez (1958) Cuentos completos y otras narraciones Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico City, OCLC 355814