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The story of "El Libertador", Simon Bolivar, greatest figure of South American history, may be pursued through seemingly endless sources of extant written material. The Bibliography of Simon Bolivar compiled by the library of the Pan-American Union is, in itself, an extensive volume; hundreds of his letters and documents have been preserved, and his biographers are numbered by scores. Throughout the nineteenth century he remained one of the most popularized of new world figures, and although he has lost considerable identity in the United States during the twentieth century, he continues to be written about. Man Of Glory by D. J. Clinton (Marrow Co., New York, 1939) is the most recent comprehensive biography. Yet, in so far as can be ascertained at this writing, the work herein contained is the first full length treatment in the dramatic form, in any language, of this amazing personality.

Liberator of five countries, and father of the Pan-American idea, Bolivar's influence is an active tradition still shaping destiny for Latin America. With increasing contact between North and South America, and the popularlizing of the Pan-American program, Simon Bolivar will be revived in the interest of the people of the United States to the extent that he should be a "success" in a popular an art medium as the theatre, like Queen Victoria, Jaurez, Zola, Disraeli, Lincoln, Edison any many others who have won glory behind the foodlights as well as in the theatre of world events.





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