Luis Coloma (Jerez de la Frontera, January 1851 - Madrid, 1914) was a Spanish author known for creating the character Ratoncito Pérez. Coloma was also a prolific writer of short stories and his complete works, which includes his novels, biographies, and other works, have since been collected in a multi-volume set. He studied at the University of Seville, where he graduated with a Master's degree in law, although he never got to practice law. In 1908 Coloma became a member of the Real Academia.
In 1880 Coloma began work on Pequeñeces on behalf of the Society of Jesus. The work is a political satire of the high Madrid society in the years previous to the Bourbon Restoration), and is considered to be one of his more well known works. This work has received much criticism, as some felt that it was overly pessimistic and "too narrowly bigoted in tone to have any lasting vogue".
Coloma promoted literature but was critical of novels in general, as he felt that they gave an overly idealized portrayal of human life and sentimentalized religion. In his later years Coloma only published biographies and writings of a historical nature, such as Jeromín, which focused on Don Juan de Austria.
Several of Coloma's works have been adapted into film and for television. Boy has been adapted into a feature film twice, once in 1926 and again in 1940. Pequeñeces was adapted into a 1971 television series as well as a 1976 film.
- Complete Works, Madrid: Editorial Reason and Faith, 1942, 19 vols. 2 novels, 41 short stories, 6 historical biographies, academic discourse and two religious books
- Solaces de un estudiante (1871)
- Lecturas recreativas (1884)
- Pequeñeces (Trivialities) (1890-1891)en El Mensajero del Corazón de Jesús
- Cuentos para niños (1890)in El Mensajero del Corazón de Jesús
- Retratos de antaño (1895)
- Boy (1895-1896)
- La reina mártir (1898), biography of María Estuardo
- Jeromín (1902), novel about the life of Juan de Austria
- El marqués de Mora (1903)
- Recuerdos de Fernán Caballero (1910)
- Fray Francisco (1911), biography of Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros
- "Google homenajea con un "doodle" a Luis Coloma, padre del Ratoncito Pérez". ABC.es. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- Germán Bleiberg, Maureen Ihrie, Janet Pérez (1993). Dictionary of the Literature of the Iberian Peninsula, Volume 1. Greenwood Press. pp. 420, 421, 585. ISBN 0313287317.
- Mariano Baquero Goyanes, Ana Luisa Baquero Escudero (1992). El cuento español: del romanticismo al realismo. Consejo Superior De Investigaciones. pp. 79–86. ISBN 8400072138.
- Valis, Noël Maureen (2010). Sacred Realism: Religion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative. Yale University Press. pp. 9, 23. ISBN 0300152345.
- Richard Eugene Chandler, Kessel Schwartz (1991). A New History of Spanish Literature. Louisiana State University Press. p. 147. ISBN 0807117358.
- Higgin, L (1902). Spanish Life in Town and Country, Including Portuguese Life in Town and Country. Cosimo Classics (reprint). p. 252. ISBN 1596058676.
- Maurice Hemingway, Anthony Hedley Clark (1999). A Further Range: Studies in Modern Spanish Literature from Galdós to Unamuno. University of Exeter Press. pp. 205–218. ISBN 0859895750.
- Author portal at the Biblioteca virtual Miguel de Cervantes
- Works by Luis Coloma at Project Gutenberg
- Google Doodle in honor of Coloma's 161st birthday
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