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THE ESSAY: As in poetry and the short story, the essay grew in many ways: in variety of subject, form, and style; in the number f productive authors; in he quantity and quality of their works. The old guard, composed of Romulo and his contemporaries, continued writing into this period, achieving stature and influence as editorial writers. Similarly, Vicente Albano Pacis, Federico Mangahas, Salvador P. Lopez, Jose A. Lansang, Ariston Estrada, and Pura S. Castrence distinguished themselves in political, social, and other reflective types of essay, largely through the newspaper columns. Ignacio Manlapaz, SalvadorP. Lopez I. V. Mallari, Jose Gacia Villa, Arturo B. Rotor, and Leopoldo Y.Yabes ...view middle of the document...

/ In 1940 also,Camilo Osias published concept and drawing on native historyu, folkways, philosophy, psychology, and like studies for a fuller explanation of the Filipino way of life. BIOGRAPHY. Easily the most noteworthy biographer of this period is Carlos Quirino, author of The Great Malayan (1941). Portraying Jose Rizal as an interesting personality-talented, versatile, and very human-this wosrk wass the prize-winning biography in the national contest sponsored by the Commonwealth of the Philippines in 1938. Before Quirino's book, however we have Quezon, by I.P. Caballero and M.de Gracia Concepsion (1935) which similarly stressed the human side above the official character of this subject.I.V. Mallari's The Birth of Discontent, published in 1940, deserves special mention for that simplicity of language till all then rare in Philippines-English compositions, a simplicity that nevertheless reveals the subtlest feelings and profound thought of its sensitive author.HISTORY. Historical writing that is factual in treatment has not made its appearance in the Philippines, again perhaps because the youth of the Filipino writers. What histories there are in English written for use as school textbooks. Literary history, which is both informative and inspiring, yet remains to be written, The "˜Brief History of the Philippine Literature" published by Teofilo del Castillo in 1987, its fair enough beginnings, providing a factual, objective and authoritative reference for students of Philippines literature. It needs now to be revised and expanded. Eventually, of course, some writers contributed to the Japanese English publications of the war years, but most of them did so for the money of which they stood in such dire need, or because of their fear of refusing the publisher's invitations to write. When they wrote anything, the Filipino writers adopted a negative view on all possible subjects, wishing to remain passive and safe. The most noteworthy of this period were produced abroad; the first two books of Carlos P. Romulo, namely I Saw The Fall of the Philippines and My Brother Americans, each a composite of narrative, reflective, and inspirational essays; the two books of poetry of Carlos Bulosan, namely, Chorus for America, a compilation of six Filipino poets, and the Voice of Bataan, his own poems. One book of poetry was published in the Philippines in this period, but this was merely a collection of previously writted poems; With Harp and Sling, by Alfredo E. Litiatco. The spsecial ment of this book lies in its light verse so characteristic of its light-hearted author. IV. POSTWAR REORIENTATION, 1945 TO DATE The postwar years witnessed an upheaval and change in all spheres of activity total liberations from the enemy, and sudden emancipation of mind and spirit, political independence from Mother...

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