from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A specialist in Spanish language or literature or in the languages and literatures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
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- n. Someone specialising in the study of Hispanic culture, language etc.
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"Spain: A Unique History" opens unusually, too, with a chapter of nearly 30 autobiographical pages closely describing the stages by which Mr. Payne became a Hispanist and professor.
And as a Hispanist, I fully expected to be horrified at the portrayal of Philip, and was duly rewarded.
The biographies of both Juan Deza and Peter Wheeler are drawn from life: the former is inspired by the novelist's own father - Julián Marías, a well-known philosopher and writer who was briefly imprisoned after the Civil War and barred for many years from teaching in Spain - and the latter by Sir Peter Russell, an esteemed Hispanist whom Marías came to know at Oxford, and whose feats on behalf of British intelligence were perhaps as numerous as his academic accomplishments.