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Pedro Antonio de Alarcón

  • Pedro Antonio de Alarcón © M.C.Esteban/Iberfoto

    Pedro Antonio de Alarcón © M.C.Esteban/Iberfoto






Date of birth

Mar 10, 1833

Date of death


" Novelist. As one of the leading members of the realist movement, he brought about the end to romantic prose."

He was born in Guadix in 1833. He was anti-clerical and anti-monarchist in his youth, and his literary career in Madrid found no success, so he returned to Granada, where he was active in political intrigues. He was director of the satirical magazine, El Látigo (The Whip), and later took part in the African war, an experience he described in Diary of a Witness to the African War (1859). On returning from a trip to Italy, he became more Catholic and conservative, at the same time starting his career as a novelist with a series of short stories, of which the most famous is The Three-cornered Hat (1874). His greatest success as a novelist came with The Scandal (1875), in a style halfway between late romanticism and realism. He died in Valdemoro in 1891.

Essential works

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    The Scandal

    Moralistic story by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón on the mistakes of youth and their subsequent redemption in mature age.

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Other highlighted works

  • The Three-cornered Hat
  • The Child of the Ball
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