Mariano José de Larra

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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.)


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explores the role that prominent prose writer Mariano Jose de Larra (1809-37) played in the political changes of the 1830s, when the absolutist power of the monarchy was challenged by people pursuing a range of reformist agendas from loosening of the reins of power slightly to radical democracy.
While Antonio Garcia Gutierrez consistently employed medieval settings for his tragedies in the 1830s and 40s, several of his colleagues (most notably Mariano Jose de Larra, Antonio Gil y Zarate, and Eugenio Hartzenbusch) also used the tragic form to depict medieval stories or events in Spanish history.
As a prominent literary figure of the 1830s, Mariano Jose de Larra became the flesh and blood version of Don Alvaro -- that is, he embodied the fractured subjectivity so characteristic of Spanish Romanticism.