Letizia Repetto Baeza, 1928; 1930
Repetto Baeza, Letizia. La voz infinita. Valparaíso, Chile: Roma, 1928. Oblong 8vo, 91 pp.; illus. pls. by Raul del Solar, sl. toned with intermittent light foxing; paper wrappers a bit foxed and bent at forecorner. Together with: Repetto Baeza, Letizia. La cenicienta del jazz. Valparaíso, Chile: Roma, 1930. Oblong 8vo, 96 pp.; cover design and author’s ex-libris (printed on p. 89) by Andrés Zampieri; decorative wraps, corners and spine bumped with creases to covers. Both signed and dedicated in ink from the author to a “Mme.”
Repetto Baeza published her first novel, La voz infinita, at the age of 18 and her second, La cenicienta del jazz at 20. The “femininity” of her writing was praised in the Chilean and European press, as was her youth and beauty. However, her fiction was quickly eclipsed by her work as a journalist. Her reputation grew when she married Luis Beltrán, the ambassador to Spain. Despite her early collaborations with leftist Chilean intellectuals and artists, she supported the Nationalists during the Civil War. Her first child died during the bombing of Madrid and she later wrote a book about her experiences during the revolutionary period. Repetto Baeza’s admiration for Spain, including a romantic appreciation of Arabic culture, arts, and philosophy, made her an unlikely but vocal supporter of Arab immigration in Chile after WWII.
OCLC finds only one North American holding for La voz, two for La cenicienta.