Alas y Urena, Leopoldo

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Alas y Uren̄a, Leopoldo


(pseudonym, Clarín—literally, the trumpet). Born Apr. 25, 1852, in Zamora; died June 13, 1901, in Oviedo. Spanish writer and literary scholar.

In his literary criticism, Alas was an adherent of naturalism, particularly of E. Zola, but in his own writing he primarily followed the traditions of critical realism. His short stories and his two novels, The Regent (1884) and His Only Son (1890), exposed the aristocracy and the clergy from the bourgeois liberal viewpoint.


Obras completas, vols. 1–4. [Madrid], 1913–29.
In Russian translation:
Ispanskie povesti i rasskazy. Moscow, 1958.


Brent, A. L. Alas y “La Regenta.” Columbia, Mo., 1951.
Gramberg, E. J. Fondo y forma de l’humorismo de L. Alas, “Clarín.” Oviedo, 1958.
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