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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

(Un Senor Muy Viejo Con Unas Alas Enormes)

The short story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” is a classic tale written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  It concerns Pelayo, a coastal villager, who discovers an old man with wings lying face down in the mud.  Pelayo and the other villagers suspect that this old man is a castaway from a ship, or maybe an angel.  Elements of religion and of human imagination are explored.


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Garcia Marquez, Gabriel (Subject)
  • Marquez, Gabriel Garcia (Subject)
  • Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Keyword)



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  •  PN56 .M24
  • PN6120.2 .F5
  • PQ8180.17 .A73


Circulating Materials – A Selected List


  • Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Spanish). 1991.

                           Call Number:  Audio-Visual Video PQ8180.17 .A73 V4

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

                           Call Number:  PQ8180.17 .A73 Z653 1987

  •  Mellen, Joan. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Literary Masters. 2000.

                            Call Number:  PQ8180.17 .A73 Z68 2000

  • Pickering, James (Ed.). Fiction 100:  An Anthology of Short Stories. (4th Ed.). 1985.

                            Call Number:  PN6120.2 .F5 1985   (See “A Very Old Man. . .” on pgs. 421-425.)

  • Schroeder, Shannin. Rediscovering Magical Realism in the Americas. 2004.

                             Call Number:  PN56 .M24 S37 2004


Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism  – Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 2, pg, 149

o   Vol. 47, pgs. 146-151

o   Vol. 170, pg. 149

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

o   Vol. 8, pgs. 4397-4399

  •  Reference Guide to Short Fiction Call Number:  REF PN3373 .R36 1994

o   Pgs. 199-200, 958-959

  • Short Story Criticism – Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 8, pgs. 160, 167-170, 182, 186

o   Vol. 83, pgs. 149-152, 183-184

  • Short Stories for Students  – Call Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 6, pgs. 320-343


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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Literature Resources from Gale


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Last Revised on November 21, 2021


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