By Alma M. Reed
Alma Reed arrived within the Yucat?n for the 1st time in 1923, on task for the recent York instances Sunday journal to hide an archaeological survey of Mayan ruins. It was once a modern Maya, in spite of the fact that, who stole her middle. Felipe Carrillo Puerto, acknowledged to be descended from Mayan kings, had lately been elected governor of the Yucat?n on a platform emphasizing egalitarian reforms and indigenous rights. The entrenched aristocracy was once enraged; Reed used to be infatuated--as was once Carrillo Puerto. He and Reed have been engaged inside months. but below a yr later--only 11 days prior to their meant wedding--Carrillo Puerto was once assassinated. He had earned his position within the heritage books, yet Reed had gained a spot within the hearts of Mexicans: the bolero "La Peregrina" continues to be one of many Yucat?n's most famed ballads. Alma Reed recovered from her tragic romance to guide a protracted, profitable lifestyles. She ultimately again to Mexico, the place her paintings in journalism, archaeology, and paintings earned her access into the Orden del Aguila Azteca (Order of the Aztec Eagle). Her time with Carrillo Puerto, notwithstanding, used to be the main extreme of her existence, and while she used to be inspired (by Hollywood, specifically) to write down her autobiography, she started with that distinctive interval. Her manuscript, which disappeared instantly after her unexpected demise in 1966, mingled her mythical love affair with a biography of Carrillo Puerto and the political background of the Yucat?n. As such, it has lengthy been sought through students in addition to romantics. In 2001, historian Michael Schuessler found the manuscript in an deserted residence in Mexico urban. a completely compelling memoir, Peregrina restores Reed's position in Mexican background in her personal phrases.
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They had come to New York to secure ﬁnancial aid for the cause of Greece’s resurgence and to organize an excursion to the festivals that were celebrated every two years in Delphi. . The literaryrevolutionary salon of Mrs. Sikelianos was extremely well attended. Some days the Greeks came, among them Doctor Kalimacos, patriarch of the Alma Reed as envisioned by the artist and philosopher Kahlil Gibran, a frequent guest at the Delphic Society. This image was reproduced from an in-depth article dedicated to La Peregrina that was published in the Mexico City News immediately after her death in 1966.
Sikelianos and Alma Reed. It is true that they greatly esteem and care for me, but it does not go beyond the purely intellectual plane, professional, that is, and has nothing to do with the family. There is no reason that we might have a personal relationship, and less with the dry and grim character of these introduction 45 (above left) Bronze bust of Alma Reed by Vincenzo Miserendino, 1924. This is a reproduction of a ‘‘Fotogram’’ that appeared in the Brooklyn Standard Union on November 30, 1924.
For his part, Joe Nash remembers: Few of her friends knew Alma was in the ABC Hospital. One of her reporter friends visited her on November 19, and when questioning her about the manuscript, she said she was being released the following day, a Friday, that it was in her apartment and she would be sending it to her publisher on Monday. She died early in the morning on the 20, a national holiday commemorating the Revolution. A long-standing law in Mexico decrees that burials will be within twenty-four hours, so it was early in the afternoon on the day after that friends gathered, notably on Sullivan Street, at Mexico’s most famed funeral home.
Peregrina: Love and Death in Mexico (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series) by Alma M. Reed