BORGES, JORGE LUIS. (1899-1986). Argentinian author and poet; one of the century’s leading writers of fiction. Signed book. (“J.L. Borges”). 109pp. 8vo. [Buenos Aires, 1960]. First edition (“Diciembre de 1960”) of El hacedor published by Emecé, signed in ink on free front endpaper; uncut.
Remembered more for his short stories than for his verse, Borges produced numerous collections of both in a career that spanned more than six decades. Experimental or traditional, these works celebrate his country and heritage, or explore the larger philosophical and theological themes that to Borges were no less fantastic than fiction itself. Borges served as director of the National Library in Buenos Aires, taught and lectured internationally and, in 1961, was the recipient, with Samuel Beckett, of the prestigious Formentor Prize. Curiously, Borges is one of the world’s great writers not to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
El hacedor (The Maker) is a collection of poems, essays and sketches on the topic of creativity published in 1960 as the ninth volume of his Obras completas (Collected Works) and considered by some critics to be a masterpiece of 20th-century literature. It was published in English in 1964 under the title Dreamtigers.
Cover is foxed with some light dust staining and wear. Corners are lightly bumped. Cover loose at the front and back gutter. In good condition. Uncommon.