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In this essay on the “marvelous,” the term takes on the meaning derived from literature as “a manifestation of imagination’s free creative strength.” The essay also contains the academic concept based on the popular notion that relates the term to “events or things outside the commonplace that inspire admiration.” This latter idea presents the “marvelous” as part of the objective world, and Pellegrini observes how both find their center within the subject. This inspires exaltation within him regarding the spiritual components of being.
Aldo Pellegrini (Rosario 1903–Buenos Aires 1973) was a distinguished poet, playwright, essayist, and art critic within Argentinean cultural circles. From the beginning, he was linked to the development of Surrealism, and he also directed various publishing projects. Pelligrini also supported and publicized various aspects of abstract art, promoting some groups such as Artistas Modernos de la Argentina [Modern Artists of Argentina] and Asociación Arte Nuevo [New Art Association]. The only two issues of the magazine Ciclo.Arte, literatura, pensamiento modernos [Cycle. Modern Art, Literature and Thought] were published in November/December 1948 and March/April of 1949, respectively. Its editorial committee was composed of Elías Piterbarg, Pellegrini, and Enrique Pichón-Rivière; they granted space both to constructive and surrealist proposals. This text was selected because it documents the importance of surrealist ideas to Pellegrini’s thinking; especially in relation to archetypes, chance, dialectics, the individual, and the universal, and, obviously, the fantastic, the dream-like, and the miraculous as well.