In these two volumes, Eugenio Fernández Méndez has brought together selected essays by some of Puerto Rico’s most representative intellectuals, politicians, writers, and journalists. The result is not an anthology of intellectual history but rather a collection of pieces which reflect all facets of Puerto Rican life. The theme is Puerto Rico’s island status and an effort to identify the ethnic and historic personality of Puerto Ricans. Volume I includes sections entitled “Vida e historia” and “La cultura como problema.” The second volume deals with the arts, language, education, and popular culture. Representative authors, going back to Eugenio María de Hostos, include such people as Rosendo Matienzo Cintrón, Luis A. Ferre, Luis Muñoz Marín, and Concha Meléndez. The anthology is of particular value inasmuch as many of the items included were gleaned from reviews and publications now long out-of-print.