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A Spanish Woman in Love and War

Constancia del la Mor

Soledad Fox is professor of Spanish and comparative literature at Williams College. She has published articles and lectured on Spanish and French literature, and on exile and autobiographical writing. She spent 2004 as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar researching the life of Constancia de la Mora. This study combines personal documents (unpublished letters, memoirs, and photos) and official government files (from the FBI and the Comintern), and brings together previously unavailable archival materials.

Her fame seemed guaranteed by the compelling story of her life. She had been an aristocrat turned Communist, a celebrated author, and an international political figure whose acquaintances and collaborators included Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Tina Modotti, Vittorio Vidali, and Anna Seghers among many others. Yet, surprisingly, instead of remaining a heroine of the Republic, Constancia de la Mora’s memory somehow faded from Republican history. This books sets out to explore the life of this privileged woman who unexpectedly cast in her lot with that of the Spanish people.

Published in association with the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies


Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-447-5
Paperback Price: £19.95 / $29.95
Release Date: January 2011
Page Extent / Format: 2010 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: Yes

List of Illustrations
Foreword by José Álvarez-Junco
List of Abbreviations


I Old Spain: Portrait of a Family
II The War, 1936–1939: Fighting Fascism from the Press Office
III Mission to New York: Propaganda and Diplomacy
IV Refugee Crisis: From the White House to the Blacklist
V Mexico, 1940–1950: Exile



By addressing the political and sociological meanings of Constancia de la Mora’s communism, the author opens up further audiences among historians of twentieth-century Spain while her exploration of how, why and with what consequences de la Mora then concealed this allegiance embeds her story in the domestic political history of twentieth-century America with its central mobilising narrative of anticommunism.
Professor Helen Graham, Dept. of History, Royal Holloway, University of London

De la Mora is clearly one of the most exciting female figures from the Spanish Civil War. Many issues about De la Mora’s life and work have remained a mystery. Dr Fox sets out to unravel those mysteries and to elucidate, through her meticulous and brilliant research, the intricate political intrigues that affected De la Mora's life. Of special interest is the provenance of her excellent autobiography on the war, In Place of Splendor, one of the most compelling memory texts about the war. Fox’s surprising findings about the authorship of the book and other mysteries about De la Mora’s political activities should provoke much discussion.
Shirley Mangini, Professor Emeritus

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