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Alejandro Casona

  • Alejandro Casona © EFE

    Alejandro Casona © EFE






Date of birth

Mar 23, 1903

Date of death


" Playwright. His work was considered to be neo-Symbolist, as he pursued evasion using an experimental tone. His theatrical works broke the established stylistic moulds by introducing psychology and fantasy."

His real name was Alejandro Rodríguez Álvarez. He was born in Besullo (Asturias) in 1903. He began his career by writing the short plays known as entremeses, such as Sancho Panza en la ínsula and the Entremés del mancebo que casó con mujer brava. He achieved well-deserved success with La sirena varada (1934), which was performed by the company of Margarita Xirgu and Enrique Borrás; this was followed by Nuestra Natacha (1936), a work of social content which received great popular acclaim. After the Spanish Civil War he moved to Argentina where he wrote La dama del alba (1944), which evokes the memory of the land of his birth and includes an allegory on death, portrayed as a beautiful woman. His last major success was El caballero de las espuelas de oro (1964). He died in Madrid in 1965.


National Literature Award (1932)

Essential works

  • Work of culture - Generic image

    La dama del alba

    The writer Alejandro Casona transports us to his native Asturias to speak of death.

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Other highlighted works

  • La molinera de Arcos
  • Prohibido suicidarse en primavera
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