Leopoldo Alas

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La Regenta is special for its great wealth of characters and secondary stories, while the main character's description is left slightly unfocused and vague. On the other hand, the downfall of the provincial lady has place amidst two very diverse suitors: the most handsome man in the city and the cathedral's priest. The depiction of this priest is a key part of the book.

For the description of the provincial atmosphere and the city's collective life, Clarín used techniques such as the internal monologue or the free indirect style, which makes the story be narrated by the characters themselves and allows the reader to penetrate in their intimacy.

In 1890, he published a new novel, Su único hijo. Even though most critics consider it as a lesser novel in comparison with La Regenta, it is equal to the former in the skill with which the technical resources are used. Su único hijo was originally meant to be the introduction to a trilogy, but aside from an outline and a few fragments of the two sequels, Su único hijo was Clarín's last full-length novel.

Apart from these works, Clarín is also the author of magnificent stories and of a large number of journalistic articles. He also wrote an essay, "La Literatura en 1881" (1882), in collaboration with Armando Palacio Valdés.

Leopoldo Alas remains a rather enigmatic figure in the Spanish literary world, leaving a legacy that encouraged the search for God and humanism simultaneously. This aberrant confluence has facilitated the presence of various interpretations regarding the author's writings, most noticeably of his masterpiece, La Regenta.


  • La Regenta (The Regent's Wife) (1884–85) [Novel]
  • Su único hijo (His Only Son) (1890) [Novel]
  • Doña Berta (1892)
  • ¡Adiós, Cordera! (1892)
  • Cuentos morales (Moral Stories) (1896)
  • El gallo de Sócrates (Socrates' Rooster) (1900)


  • "Solos de Clarín" (1881)
  • "La literatura en 1881" (1882)
  • "Sermón perdido" (1885)
  • "Nueva campaña" (1887)
  • "Ensayos y revistas" (1892)
  • "Palique" (1894)

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