Wenceslao Fernández Flórez

Category: Journalist, writer
Birth Date: 11th February 1885 (†29th April 1964)
Birth Place: A Coruña

He was brought up in a middle-class family. His literary vocation came up very early. He was going to study Medicine but he decided to study Journalism. He collaborated in newspapers such as La Mañana, Heraldo de Galicia, Tierra Gallega, Diario Ferrolano and El Noroeste. In 1905, he arrived in Madrid and started to collaborate in Blanco y Negro and ABC. He lived the awful experiences of the Civil War in Madrid until he moved to France and Portugal. After the war he collaborated again in ABC, Semana and La Codorniz.

 Work & Activities

His narrative production started in 1910 with La tristeza de la paz (1910) and La procesión de los días (1914). In 1917, he was very successful publishing Volvoreta. The following year he published a book of short stories titled Silencio and Ha entrado un ladrón in 1920. In 1922, he compiled a group of stories in Tragedias de la vida vulgar, which are based on poverty, love, humiliation and destruction. From this stage onwards he created an utopic world and criticized the contemporary society in his works El secreto de Barba Azul (1923) and Las siete columnas (1926). In 1927, he published Relato inmortal and other compositions such as La casa de la lluvia, Unos pasos de mujer, Huella de luz, El ladrón de glándulas and Los que no fuimos a la guerra (1930). In the 30's he published El malvado Carabel, Aventuras del caballero Rogelio de Amaral, El hombre que compró un automóvil and Una isla en el Mar Rojo. He wrote some books after the war, being the most important one El bosque animado (1943).