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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (1833–1891)

Alarcón (y Ariza), Pedro Antonio de (ä-lär-kōn). A distinguished Spanish novelist, poet, and politician; born in Guadix, March 10, 1833; died at Valdemoro, near Madrid, July 19, 1891. His critical contributions to papers, political and literary, his description of the Moroccan campaign, but especially his novels and short stories, are among the best of their kind, and present a picture of modern Spanish society as true to life as it is variegated. His clever essay ‘The Poet’s Christmas’ went through over 100 editions. An imposing number of his stories appeared under the collective titles ‘Love and Friendship’; ‘National Tales’; ‘Improbable Stories.’ Among them ‘The Three-Cornered Hat’ (1874) and ‘The Scandal’ (1875) deserve special mention. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).