The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
This editorial—published in Romance magazine—addresses the complicated nexus between the goals of an artist and the goals of a human being in terms of individual and group welfare; that is, in terms of material happiness and spiritual wealth. The editorial writers explain that their objectives and interests (as intellectuals) are to reflect on the nature of things in an attempt to promote human fulfillment. A fair, material, well-reasoned system is therefore required in order to achieve spiritual evolution. The text refutes accusations that members of the magazine’s editorial staff are “purists” living in an “ivory tower.” The essay is published in response to these accusations; the writers make it clear that they are not interested in literature for literature’s sake or in art for art’s sake, but in the future of mankind—in its freedom.
A generation of remarkable, innovative Spanish men of letters living in Mexico worked at Romance magazine, which was the main repository of Spanish values during the years when that country was devastated by the Civil War of 1936-39. The editorial board included Miguel Prieto, Lorenzo Varela, José Herrera Petere, Antonio Sánchez Barbudo, Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez, and Juan Rejano.