Juan de Mairena

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Juan de Mairena (sentencias, donaires, apuntes y recuerdos de un profesor apócrifo)
AuthorAntonio Machado
PublisherEspasa Calpe
Publication date
Preceded byPoesías completas (1899–1930) 
Followed byLa guerra (1936–1937) 

Juan de Mairena (sentencias, donaires, apuntes y recuerdos de un profesor apócrifo) is a book written in prose by the Spanish author Antonio Machado in 1936 and published by Espasa Calpe.[1]


An imaginary teacher and his students analyse the society, the culture, the art, the literature, the politics and the philosophy by the paradox, the adage, the erudition, the introspection, the rhetoric and the spoonerism.[2]


The appearance of Juan de Mairena is like Antonio Machado at his 33 years in 1898.[3] The book was originally signed as a heteronym work.[4]

Based on the discovery of some poems to Guiomar supposedly prior to the date when Machado and Pilar met, conclude that Guiomar is but another of Machado's apocryphal imaginaries, such as Abel Martín or Juan de Mairena.[5]


  1. ^ Machado, Antonio (2009). Juan de Mairena. Madrid: Alianza Editorial. ISBN 9788420649849.
  2. ^ Gullón, Ricardo; Anderson Imbert, Enrique (1973). El pícaro Juan de Mairena (1939). Madrid: Ediciones Taurus. p. 371-375. ISBN 978-84-306-2063-0.
  3. ^ Gibson, Ian (2006). Ligero de equipaje. Madrid: Santillana Editores G. p. 539. ISBN 978-84-03-09686-8.
  4. ^ Juan de Mairena. Vol. tomo I. Editorial Cátedra. 2006. ISBN 978-84-376-0585-2.
  5. ^ Del Barco, Pablo (7 May 2007). Guiomar, el apócrifo femenino de Antonio Machado [Guilomar, the Apocryphal Woman of Antonio Machado] (in Spanish). Soria, Castile and León: International Congress of Antonio Machado. pp. 531–546.