Leopoldo Alas

1852 - 1901

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Leopoldo Enrique García-Alas y Ureña (25 April 1852 – 13 June 1901), also known as Clarín, was a Spanish realist novelist born in Zamora. His inflammatory articles, known as paliques (“chitchat”), as well as his advocacy of liberalism and anti-clericalism, made him a formidable and controversial critical voice. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leopoldo Alas has received more than 96,062 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Leopoldo Alas is the 2,231st most popular writer (down from 2,222nd in 2019), the 767th most popular biography from Spain (down from 755th in 2019) and the 83rd most popular Spanish Writer.

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Notable Works

Su u nico hijo
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Su único hijo
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Adiós, "Cordera"! y otros cuentos
La Regenta / The Regent’s Wife
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Married to the retired magistrate of Vetusta, Ana Ozores cares deeply for her much older husband but feels stifled by the monotony of her life in the shabby and conservative provincial town. And when she embarks on a quest for fulfillment through religion and even adultery, a bitter struggle begins between a powerful priest and a would-be Don Juan for the passionate young woman’s body and soul. Scandalizing contemporary Spain when it was first published in 1885, with its searing critique of the Church and its frank treatment of sex, La Regenta is a compelling and witty depiction of the complacent and frivolous world of upper-class society. - Random House
Obras Completas de Leopoldo Alas "Clarin"


Among writers, Leopoldo Alas ranks 2,231 out of 7,302Before him are Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi, Zuhayr bin Abi Sulma, Israel Joshua Singer, David Ogilvy, Zosimos of Panopolis, and Aphrahat. After him are Jacob Cats, Felice Romani, Udo Lindenberg, Arkady Gaidar, Magnus Felix Ennodius, and Adikavi Pampa.

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Among people born in 1852, Leopoldo Alas ranks 50Before him are Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg, Vera Figner, Friedrich Loeffler, Bérenger Saunière, Arnold Toynbee, and Charles W. Fairbanks. After him are John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, Bruno Abakanowicz, Infanta Maria das Neves of Portugal, Henri Gervex, George Maximilianovich, 6th Duke of Leuchtenberg, and Otakar Ševčík. Among people deceased in 1901, Leopoldo Alas ranks 34Before him are Iosif Gurko, Shō Tai, François-Marie Raoult, Princess Januária of Brazil, Lev Ivanov, and Dagny Juel. After him are Albert, 4th duc de Broglie, Frederic W. H. Myers, Mahadev Govind Ranade, Leon Czolgosz, Archduchess Maria Isabella of Austria, and Edmond Audran.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Leopoldo Alas ranks 767 out of 3,355Before him are Idris al-Ma'mun (1186), Muhammad V of Granada (1339), Ramón Calderón (1951), Luis de Milán (1500), Antonio de Pereda (1611), and Abd al-Rahman Sanchuelo (983). After him are Margaret of Prades (1395), Manuel Valls (1962), Ignacio Zoco (1939), Francesc Eiximenis (1330), Eulogius of Córdoba (810), and Aznar Galíndez I (800).

Among WRITERS In Spain

Among writers born in Spain, Leopoldo Alas ranks 83Before him are Mariano José de Larra (1809), Abu Hamid al-Gharnati (1080), Ramón Sampedro (1943), Salvador de Madariaga (1886), Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa (1532), and Fernando de Rojas (1470). After him are Francesc Eiximenis (1330), José Zorrilla (1817), Juan de Valdés (1505), Ana María Matute (1925), Alonso de Ercilla (1533), and Eduardo Mendoza Garriga (1943).