Caballero, Fernán

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Caballero, Fernán

Caballero, Fernán

(fārnän` käbälyā`rō), pseud. of

Cecilia Böhl de Faber

(thāthē`lyä böl dā fäbār`), 1796–1877, Spanish novelist and folklorist. Born in Switzerland, she spent most of her adult life in AndalusiaAndalusia
, Span. Andalucía , autonomous region (1990 pop. 7,100,060), 33,675 sq mi (87,218 sq km), S Spain, on the Mediterranean Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the Atlantic Ocean.
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, where her novels are set. They are marked by a didactic tone and sentimental plots, reflecting regional life and Caballero's own traditionalism. The first novel, La Gaviota (1849, tr. The Sea Gull, 1864), influenced the modern Spanish novel of customs.


See biography by P. H. Klibbe (1973).

Caballero, Fernán


(pen name of Cecilia Böhl de Fáber). Born Dec. 25, 1796, in Morges, Switzerland; died Apr. 7, 1877, in Seville. Spanish writer.

Fernán Caballero published an anthology of Andalusian folklore entitled National Pictures (1862). In her novel The Seagull (1848), which contains elements of realism, she portrayed a strong woman destroyed by bourgeois society. She also wrote the novels Clemencia (1852) and The Alvareda Family (1856).


Obras, vols. 1–2. Madrid, 1961.
Cuentos andaluces. Madrid, 1966.
In Russian translation:
“Bednaia Dolores.” Vremia, 1861, vol. 5, nos. 9–10.


Montesinos, J. F. Fernán Caballero: Ensayo de justificación. Berkeley-Los Angeles, 1961.