About two years ago we, at the Cervantes Institute Library, received an anonymous call offering a donation of books in Spanish.
The books, as we were able to deduce from the annotations found in some of the volumes, had belonged to Elena J. Coxeter.
Among them, there was a copy of Fragmentos de Apocalipsis by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, with an affectionate dedication saying:
A mi querida amiga Elenita, a la que amo hace algún tiempo… Cuando nos conocimos a los 20 años. ¿Verdad?*
Gonzalo Torrente Ballester
visited the Spanish Institute in London, at least twice, notably for events in May 1983 and March 1990. Elena Coxeter
carefully kept the program for both these conferences inside a copy of his book.
*To my darling friend Elenita, whom I have loved for quite some time … ever since we met when we were 20, true?