'The clarity and intelligence with which both the poetry and the introductory material are presented make this book a useful tool for the scholar.' BARBARA MUJICAFrancisco de Quevedo, Spanish velist, satirist and moralist of the seventeenth century, was also rewned as a poet. His sonnets on the vanity of life are perhaps his finest work in the genre. He grouped his poetry in categories corresponding to the nine muses, and this volume presents the Polimniagroup; the second muse, Polymnia, 'sings moral poetry - which reveals and seeks to reform human customs'. Alfonso Rey's critical edition encompasses the one hundred and ten sonnets, one silva, and one epistle in tercetoswhich make up this group; he rigorously elucidates problems of textual criticism and transmission, and reveals the thematic and stylist homogeneity of the collection.Second edition, completely revised and significantly expanded. ALFONSO REY is Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela.