Ramón María del Valle-Inclán

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  • Ian Robin Warner (University of Sheffield)

During his lifetime major parts of the oeuvre of Ramón del Valle-Inclán remained little-known outside a relatively small circle of cognoscenti. The recognition he enjoyed among the reading public at large was as the eccentric author of a set of sumptuously-written and decadently erotic novellas (entitled “Sonatas”), the memoirs of a supposed ancestor, the aristocratic, cruelly sensuous, mockingly cynical, Marquis of Bradomín. The subsequent course of Spanish cultural politics, however, has worked to bring into view the full scope of Valle’s achievement. To point out the artistic strengths of works that pilloried reactionary national institutions constituted an act of cultural opposition …

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Warner, Ian Robin. "Ramón María del Valle-Inclán". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 July 2011
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