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Leopoldo Alas, Clarín

  • Cartoon of the writer and journalist from Zamora, Leopoldo Alas, known as Clarín © EFE

    Cartoon of the writer and journalist from Zamora, Leopoldo Alas, known as Clarín © EFE






Date of birth

Apr 25, 1852

Date of death


" Novelist and literary critic. Together with Benito Pérez Galdós, he was the main Spanish novelist in the 19th century."

Leopoldo García-Alas y Ureña "Clarín" was born in Zamora in 1852. He belonged to an Asturian family and when he was seven they moved to Oviedo, which later on became the setting of his masterpiece, "La Regenta". He earned a PhD in Law in Madrid (1878); Giner de los Ríos supervised his thesis. He showed interest in literature when he was young and was skilful with theatre and satirical journalism. He made friends with his contemporaries, especially with Pérez Galdós, whom he considered his teacher. He was always hostile, however, towards Emilia Pardo Bazán, criticised her naturalism harshly and unjustly, and opposed to her joining the Royal Academy of Language. He also stood out in chronicles and short stories. He died in Oviedo in 1901.

Essential works

  • La Regenta by Leopoldo Alas Clarín, Cover by Joan Llimona. Spanish National Library

    The Regent’s wife

    First work by Leopoldo Alas ‘Clarín’ and culmination of 19th century novel in Spain.

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Other highlighted works

  • Moral Tales
  • Solos de Clarín
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