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The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

(El ahogado mas hermoso del mundo)


The short story “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez was first published in 1968.  The story begins with the children of a seaside fishing village finding a drowned man floating ashore. This discovery does not affect their sense of play as they proceed to bury and dig him up again and again.  Adults see the drowned man and carry him into the village.  The men visit other villages to see if anyone is missing and the women ready the body for burial.  This corpse becomes the source of inspiration for the villagers.



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  •  Garcia Marquez, Gabriel



Call Number for Browsing the Shelves


  • PQ8180.17 .A73



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Collected Stories. 1984.

                      Call Number:  PQ8180.17 .A73  A27 1984

  • McMurray, George R. Critical Essays on Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 1987.

                      Call Number:  PQ8180.17 .A73 Z653 1987

  •  McNerney, Kathleen. Understanding Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 1989.  

                        Call Number:  PQ8180.17 .A73 Z724 1989

  •  Oberhelman, Harley D. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Study of the Short Fiction. 1991.

                       Call Number:  PQ8180.17 .A73 Z6735 1991

  • Williams, Raymond L. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 1984.

                       Call Number:  PQ8180.17 .A73 Z95 1984



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 2, pg. 149

o   Vol. 27, pgs. 148, 154

o   Vol. 47, pgs. 148, 151

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Rev. Ed.)Call Number:  REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 3, pgs. 1710-1712    

  • Short Story CriticismCall Number:  REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 8, pgs. 160, 167-170, 183, 186

  •  Short Stories for StudentsCall Number:  REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 79-93



Research Databases

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  •  Literature Resources from Gale      


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