Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

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  • Teresa Fuentes Peris (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign )

Born in Valencia on 29 January 1867 into a modest Aragonese family, Blasco Ibáñez was a man of action as well as of letters. His literary output was enormously varied and extensive, which led him to become one of the best-known Spanish novelists internationally. His works include novels, short stories, historical books, political essays and travel writings. Blasco led a combative and turbulent life. An anti-monarchist and anticlerical agitator as well as a social reformer, he sympathised with the poor and the oppressed, denouncing social injustice. His involvement with the Republican cause and his subversive campaigns brought him numerous prison sentences and frequent exile.

In 1884 he abandoned his law studies and fled to …

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Fuentes Peris, Teresa. "Vicente Blasco Ibáñez". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 April 2009
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