Miguel de Unamuno

J. A. G. Ardila (University of Edinburgh)
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Miguel de Unamuno is one of the most prolific Spanish authors and, it could be argued, the greatest of the twentieth century. His novels, poetry, theatre, philosophical treatises and political essays boast an aesthetic and intellectual quality hardly surpassed by any other Spanish author of his generation. He is today regarded as the second Spanish philosopher of his century, the best Spanish Modernist poet, the most influential political essayist of the pre-war decades, the author of landmark novels, and the first Spanish author who deserves to be labelled an intellectual.

Unamuno was born in Bilbao, the largest and most industrialised city in the Basque Provinces. His father had immigrated to America and returned to Spain having amassed a small fortune, which allowed his children to

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Citation: Ardila, J. A. G.. "Miguel de Unamuno". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 August 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4500, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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