María Mariño Carou was a Galician writer. She was born on June 8, 1918 in a house on Rúa Cega in Noia, A Coruña province. She was the daughter of Xosé Mariño Pais, a shoe maker. She was the fourth of five children. Her siblings were Concha (1898), Emilio (1901), Cándido (1902) and Asunción (1908). She had to leave school in order to work, because her father used to gamble in the taverns of Noia. Whilst Emilio found work as a mechanic and Cándido as a carpenter, María and her sisters helped out in domestic tasks. On May 31, 1939, Mariño Carou married Roberto Pose Carballido and also began to lie about her age. She died of leukaemia on May 19, 1967, just before her sixtieth birthday.
In 1963, she published "Palabra no Tempo" arguably her best work.