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Agustín García Calvo

  • Agustín García Calvo © José Aymá / EL MUNDO

    Agustín García Calvo © José Aymá / EL MUNDO



Literature, Theatre



Date of birth

Oct 15, 1926

Date of death

Nov 1, 2012

"Philologist, philosopher and writer. His works attempt to give a voice to anonymous popular feeling, rejecting power plays."

Born in Zamora in 1926, he studied Classical Philology at the University of Salamanca with Antonio Tovar. After supporting the student revolt in 1965, he was removed from his professorship and exiled himself in Paris four years later where, between 1970 and 1976, he held the post of ‘maître assistant’ at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lille. After the Expulsion Decree was repealed in November 1975, he returned to his professorship in Latin Philology at the Complutense University in Madrid where he remained until his retirement. He has made valuable contributions as a philologist, such as his Teoría general sobre el lenguaje. He has also written essential works as a philosopher, such as De Dios y contra la realidad. In addition, he has written standout poetry. He died on 1 November, 2012.


National Essay Award (1990)
National Drama Literature Award (1999)

Essential works

  • Baraja del rey don Pedro © EFE

    Baraja del rey don Pedro

    Written by Agustín García Calvo, this play recovers the figure of Peter I, the Cruel, in order to reflect on the relationship of power and the individual.

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    Hablando de lo que habla

    With the subtitle ‘Studies in Language’, the scholar and intellectual Agustín García Calvo published this essay where he set out his research into language.

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Other highlighted works

  • Canciones y soliloquios
  • Teoría general sobre el lenguaje
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