The Concha Espina Spanish Literature Correspondence digital collection features letters written by the Spanish novelist to Terrell Tatum, a professor of Spanish at the University of Chattanooga from 1924 to 1967. The letters range in date from 1931 to 1955 and cover a variety of topics, including Espina's most famous work, La Niña de Luzmela.
Concha Espina was born Maria de la Concepcion Jesusa Basilisa Espina y Garcia in 1869 in Santander, Cantabria, Spain. Often considered the first female Spanish author to earn a living exclusively from her novels, Espina was very popular in the early twentieth century, publishing more than 52 novels from 1900 to 1955. Despite steadily declining eyesight and going completely blind in 1937, the novelist continued to write until her death in 1955.