Mexico in Letters

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The transatlantic correspondence of Alfonso Reyes and the English Hispanist John B. Trend.

This Event has been postponed until 2023. A new date will be announced in due course.

Join the launch of Transatlantic Correspondence: Alfonso Reyes and the English Hispanist John B. Trend, 1939–1957.

Alfonso Reyes (1889–1959) was one of the most outstanding characters of Mexican literature. As an essayist, translator and poet he was nominated five times for the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was also a diplomat and founder of multiple institutions, who established throughout his life a rich and varied correspondence with the most illustrious people of his time, both in Mexico and around the world.

One of them was John B. Trend, a prominent Hispanist of English origin who shared his love of Spanish language and music with the Mexican writer. Their relationship has been meticulously studied and compiled into a new work by Gabriel Rosenzweig. This volume reveals Reyes’ and Trend’s perspectives and dialogues on key moments in Mexico’s cultural history.

This event is presented by Gabriel Rosenzweig, Ambassador of Mexico to Algeria, with the participation of the Mexican Ambassador to the UK, Josefa González-Blanco Ortiz-Mena and the British Mexican Society Chairman, Richard Maudslay CBE FREng.

Gabriel Rosenzweig is the Ambassador of Mexico to Algeria. He studied International Relations at El Colegio de México and Yale University. He is the author of several books and articles, including Alfonso Reyes y sus corresponsales italianos (1918–1959): Guido Mazzoni, Achille Pellizzari, Mario Puccini, Dario Puccini, Elena Craveri Croce y Alda Croce (Mexico, El Colegio de México, 2013).

Josefa González-Blanco Ortiz-Mena is the Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the International Organisations based in London. She has promoted social and cultural programmes both in Mexico and in the United Kingdom, with a focus on environmental protection and wildlife conservation.

Richard Maudslay has been Chairman of the British Mexican Society since 2008. His family has a long history with Mexico, since Alfred Percival Maudslay’s expeditions in the Yucatan peninsula in the Victorian era. The British Mexican Society was founded in 1942 to bridge Mexican and British culture.

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