Terenci Moix

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Terenci Moix
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Born (1942-01-05)January 5, 1942
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died 2 April 2003(2003-04-02) (aged 61)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Occupation writer, novelist
Language Spanish, Catalan
Nationality Spanish

Terenci Moix (Catalan pronunciation: [təˈɾɛnsi ˈmoʃ]; real name Ramon Moix i Meseguer) (5 January 1942, in Barcelona – 2 April 2003, in Barcelona) was a Spanish writer, who wrote in Spanish, and in Catalan. He is also the brother of poet/novelist Anna Maria Moix.

He had a self-taught education. His first work, "La torre de los vicios capitals", was published in 1968. Many of his early works criticised the values of his time, especially the official morality of Francoism. In 1990, he wrote and published a children's book called, Los Grandes Mitos del Cine (English version as "The Greatest Stories of Hollywood Cinema"), which is illustrated by Willi Glasauer, and published by Círculo de Lectores. This children's book includes fun facts, trivia, and information accompanied by photos and Willi Glasauer's illustrations of the likes of Sissi (with Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Uta Franz, Gustav Knuth, Vilma Degischer, and Josef Meinrad, and directed by Ernst Marischka), Casablanca (with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson, and directed by Michael Curtiz), Gone with the Wind (with Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, and Hattie McDaniel, and directed by Victor Fleming), Cleopatra (with Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall, and Martin Landau, and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz), In This Our Life (with Bette Davis, and Olivia de Havilland, and directed by John Huston), Tarzan the Ape Man (with Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith, and Maureen O'Sullivan, and directed by W. S. Van Dyke), The Godfather (with Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola), Charlie Chaplin, High Noon (with Gary Cooper, and directed by Fred Zinnemann), The Third Man (with Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard, and directed by Carol Reed), Some Like It Hot (with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee, and Nehemiah Persoff, and directed by Billy Wilder), The Adventures of Robin Hood (with Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, and Alan Hale, Sr., and directed by Michael Curtiz, and William Keighley), Fred Astaire, Superman (with Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Trevor Howard, Marc McClure, Terence Stamp, Valerie Perrine, and Ned Beatty, and directed by Richard Donner) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (with Keir Dullea, and Gary Lockwood, and directed by Stanley Kubrick), Rebecca (with Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, and George Sanders, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock), My Fair Lady (with Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, and Jeremy Brett, and directed by George Cukor), The Leopard (with Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Serge Reggiani, Mario Girotti, and Pierre Clementi, and directed by Luchino Visconti), Camille (with Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Jessie Ralph, Henry Daniell, and Laura Hope Crews, and directed by George Cukor), the Marx Brothers (Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx, Gummo Marx, and Zeppo Marx), Gilda (with Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, and Anita Ellis, and directed by Charles Vidor), James Dean, the Universal Monsters (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and so on, and so on, and so on, etc., etc., etc.), Disney (Walt Disney, The Walt Disney Company, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and so on, and so on, and so on, etc., etc., etc.), and The Blue Angel (with Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, and Kurt Gerron, and directed by Josef von Sternberg).[1]

Other works explored camp aesthetics, an element of his work studied by Timothy M. McGovern. He wrote in several newspapers: Tele-Exprés, Tele-Estel, El Correo Catalán, Destino, Nuevos Fotogramas, Serra d'Or, and El País. He was openly homosexual, and participated many TV gatherings. He died of lung emphysema, which is related to his use of tobacco.

An annual literature prize, bearing his name, the Terenci Moix Fundación Arena de Narrativa Gay y Lésbica, has been instituted; won most recently by the Anglo-Spanish novelist Rafael Peñas Cruz for his coming-of-age work, "Charlie".


Collections of Short Stories[edit]



External links[edit]

  • Terenci Moix at the Association of Catalan Language Writers, AELC. In Catalan, English and Spanish.