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In August 2017, Víctor Català’s legal heir, her nephew Lluís Albert, donated the author’s personal collection to L’Escala Town Council (Alt Empordà). The council will now preserve this legacy, consisting, among other things, of drawings, paintings and first editions of her work. In particular, the original manuscript of Solitud, the Modernist-style novel par excellence.

With her work, she contributed towards enriching Catalan literature and its renewal. With a heavily defined and expressive style and with a huge richness of vocabulary, she looked in great depth at the interior conflicts of the human soul, particularly focusing on the portrayal of women of her time. She also did away with the idyllic images of 19th-century narrative to denounce the cruelty and darkness of the rural world at the beginning of the 20th century.

With her message, she influenced the new generations of writers starting with Mercè Rodoreda, beginning the Catalan tradition written by women.



 

Years of Modernism: During this period, the couple Josepa Carcassó and Miquel Sitjar discovered Caterina Albert’s literary vocation and encouraged her to publish her first book of poems, Lo cant dels mesos, in 1901, with the publishing house, Tipologia de L’Avenç. At this time she collaborated in the Modernist magazine Joventut, in which she wrote the stories Drames rurals, later compiled in a book of the same name. This was her most important period in terms of the quantity and variety of her literary production.

  1. Poetry: El cant dels mesos (1901), Llibre Blanc – Policromi – Tríptic (1905),
  2. Plays: Quatre monòlegs (1901)
  3. Collection of stories: Drames rurals(1902), Ombrívoles (1904), Caires Vius (1907)
  4. Novel: Solitud (1905). One of the leading works in the Modernist period which established her as an author.


   
   

1915-1930: From 1907, with the arrival of the Noucentisme cultural movement, and as a result of the critics of this movement against rural narrative, Caterina Albert started a ten-year period of silence. However, in 1915, she became a member of the Acadèmia de la Llengua Catalana (Academy of the Catalan Language) and, in 1917, she presided over the Jocs Florals literary competition in Barcelona at which she gave the speech De civisme i civilitat. (About public spirit and civic-mindedness). She was appointed a member of the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres (Royal Academy of Literature) in Barcelona in 1923 when she read the speech Sensacions d’Empúries (Sensations of Empúries). In 1924, she was the second runner-up for the Englantina d’Or Award at the Jocs Florals literary competition in Barcelona for the poem Cavalls del port. In 1918, she started the publication in instalments of Un film (3.000 metres), a novel that was immediately disqualified by the critics.

  1. Collection of stories: La Mare-Balena (1920) and Contrallums (1930). One can perceive a certain evolution in her literary style.
  2. Novel: Un film (3.000 metres) (1926). In which she tried out new literary resources influenced by the cinema.
  3. Anthology: Marines (1928)



Civil war and dictatorship. The Spanish Civil War and the first years of Franco’s dictatorship were to lead to her second literary silence. The publishing house, Editorial Dalmau, re-started editions in Catalan with the publishing of Mosaic, in 1946. From 1950, Caterina Albert set up a professional relationship with the publishing house, Selecta, where her last stories and her last complete works were published.

  1. Collection of stories: Retablo (1944)
  2. Collection of articles: Mosaic (1946)
  3. Collection of narratives: Vida mòlta (1950) and Jubileu (1951)
  4. Obres completes (1951 and 1972)