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Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

  • Portrait of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. Seville Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura

    Portrait of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. Seville Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Detail of the monument to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, in the María Luisa Park in Seville © EFE

    Detail of the monument to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, in the María Luisa Park in Seville © EFE

  

Speciality

Literature

 

 

Date of birth

Feb 17, 1836

Date of death

1870
  


"Poet and narrator. He belonged to the Romantic movement, although he wrote in a period dominated by Realism. Knowledge of his work is essential to an understanding of Spanish literature."

Gustavo Adolfo Domínguez Bastida was born in Seville in 1836. The son and brother of painters, he was orphaned when he was ten years old. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Seville, where he studied humanities and painting. In 1854 he moved to Madrid. He worked as a journalist and adapted plays, mainly from French, in collaboration with Luis García Luna, under the joint pseudonym of “Adolfo García”. During a stay in Seville (1858), he published his first legend, “The Leader with Red Hands”, and met Julia Espín, who was perhaps the muse for some of his “Rhymes”. His immense literary fame is owed to the latter, as they initiated the intimist poetry movement inspired by Heine, in sharp contrast to the bombastic rhetoric of earlier Romantic poets. He died in Madrid in 1870.

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    Cartas desde mi celda

    Magnificent stories by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer that provide a foretaste of literary naturalism in Spain.

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    Legends

    Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer writes the most important book of Spanish Romanticism and one of the great classics of Spanish literature of all time.

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  • Book of the Sparrows. Madrid © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Book of the Sparrows : collection of plots, ideas and plans for different things that will conclude or not, depending on the twists of fate.

    The Book of the Sparrows changes the face of the edition of works of Bécquer and is a revision of the Rhymes.

    Spanish National Library (Madrid)

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