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Larra, Mariano José de

(märyä`nō hōsā` thā lä`rä), 1809–37, Spanish satirist, b. Madrid. Using several pseudonyms, Larra wrote a series of satirical articles on Spanish politics and customs. These were published in his own periodical, Pobrecito hablador (1832–33). His best-known works are the novel El doncel de don Enrique el doliente [the page of Don Enrique the sorrowful] (1834), the drama Macías (1834), and No más mostrador [good-bye to the shop counter] (1831), an adaptation of a play by Scribe. Unhappy in love and an incurable melancholic, Larra committed suicide.

Larra, Mariano José de


(full name, M. J. de Larra y Sánchez de Castro). Born Mar. 24, 1809, in Madrid; died there Feb. 13, 61837. Spanish writer, critic, and publicist.

Larra devoted a play, Macías (1834), and a historical novel, The Page of King Enrique the Feeble (1834), to the legendary Galician troubadour; both works played a major role in the creation of romantic literature in Spain. Following the traditions of costumbrismo, Larra wrote satirical essays (1828–33) criticizing contemporary social mores from the standpoint of the Enlightenment. He turned to sociopolitical lampoons in 1834–35. Larra’s writing fostered the development of critical realism in Spanish literature.


Obras, [vols.] 1–4. Madrid, 1960.
Ensayos satíricos. Moscow, 1967.
In Russian translation:
Satiricheskie ocherki. Introduction by K. N. Derzhavin and Z. I. Plavskin. Moscow, 1956.


Gómez Santos, M. “Figaro” o la vida de prisa. Madrid, 1956.
Atocha, S. de. Larra. Madrid, 1964.
Bellini, G. Larra e il suo tempo. Milan [1967].
Ullman, P. L. Mariano de Larra and Spanish Political Rhetoric. Madison, Wisc. [1971]. (Bibliography, pp. 403–13.)


References in periodicals archive ?
LARRA, Mariano Jose de. "Literatura." El Espanol 18 Jan.
LARRA, Mariano Jose de. "La educacion de entonces." Articulos varios.
(2.) A partir de ahora, toda cita de los articulos de Larra procede de la siguiente edicion: Larra, Mariano Jose de. 1968.
LARRA, Mariano Jose de 1987: "Corridas de Toros", (El Duende Satirico del Dia 31-03- 28).
Larra, Mariano Jose de. El doncel de don Enrique el Doliente.