|Birth|| 1886 |
|Death|| 1924 |
|Occupation||Writer , journalist and literary critic|
|Gender||Poetry and novel|
Andrés González-Blanco ( Cuenca , 1886- Madrid , 1924), Spanish novelist, poet and literary critic, brother of the philosopher, writer and translator Edmundo González-Blanco , of the journalist and writer Pedro González-Blanco and of the writer Dolores González-Blanco .
Born accidentally in Cuenca, as the son of a teaching inspector of the same name who worked there (a high school teacher, grammarian and writer), his family was Asturian and came from Luanco , where he spent his early childhood. The father, a school teacher, moved with his family to Ciudad Real , where he died. That forced the mother and her eight children to go to Madrid. Some time later Andrés entered the Oviedo Council Seminary , where he spent ten years; he left it in 1903 lacking in vocation. He graduated in Philosophy and Letters from the Central University of Madrid and spent some time in Paris, where he worked for the Garnier brothers, and in Mexicowith one of his brothers, the journalist. He held various positions in the literature section of the Madrid Athenaeum and collaborated in the main literary magazines of the Spain of his time.
He was a generous critic, but meticulous and indefatigable, with a broad but somewhat disorderly erudition, and he was concerned with promoting young Spanish and Hispanic Americans. He stood out among the main ones of his time, studying in a balanced way and with insight many and diverse aspects of Spanish and Latin American literature. His main and most remembered work in this regard are the three volumes of The Contemporaries . He also prepared anthological editions of the work of Ramón de Campoamor and Pío Baroja , and of the Complete Works of Rubén Darío(Madrid, Editions of the Sucesores de Hernando Library, 1910). He made an extraordinary contribution to the dissemination of Portuguese literature in Spain with studies and translations (especially by José María Eça de Queiroz ), and translated the work of Edgar Allan Poe and Stendhal into Spanish . As a poet he is part of the aesthetics of Modernism , but he obtained his greatest successes in the novel, where he did not waver either in style, or in language, or in characterizing his characters, or in invention, or in structure; however it remains unjustly forgotten. He composed a large number of short novels for the collections Los Contemporáneos , La Novela Semanal , La Novela de Bolsilloor The Short Novel . Rafael Cansinos Asséns portrayed him commiserating, but perhaps somewhat enviously in The Novel of a Literature :
Poor Andresín, so courteous, so kind, so loaded with erudition under his apparent frivolity, so laborious, despite seeing him everywhere courting couturiers and riding on the merry-go-rounds of the festivals ... It is true that he did everything to the devil, and wrote to the running from the pen with no time to correct ... and talking together with friends in cafes ... Hence, for many, he was a violet scholar ...
The following quote corresponds to the description that Rafael Cansinos Assens makes of him in volume II of The novel of a literary man in the chapter entitled Andrés González-Blanco and his friends:
The wise critic, whose articles embedded in polyglot quotations are the amazement of the literary flock, Menéndez Pelayo in agraz, is a nice, kind boy, whom everyone calls Andresito or Andresín (...) A small young man of stature , who tries to climb up and look like an older person, but deep down still has the air of a teenager and even a child. He wears a small black mustache, wears a cane and gloves, a bow tie collar, scarves and a soft hat. To speak he stands up to the height of his interlocutor. If he may appear pedantic in his writing, an elegant frivolity affects his worldly life.
His archive and library are on deposit at the Ramón Pérez de Ayala Library of Asturias (Oviedo) and are mostly available to the public and to research.
He currently has a street with his brothers in Luanco, an Asturian town in the council of Gozón, called Hermanos González Blanco.
- Luis Fanjul's summer vacation, 1909.
- The Punishment, 1909.
- The Guilty , 1909.
- The eternal history , 1910.
- Doña Violante , 1910.
- Matilde Rey , 1911.
- Redivive Juliet , 1912.
- Singles Paradise , 1916.
- Overseas Breezes , 1916.
- Miss Milagros , 1918.
- The sacrificed , 1918.
- The mystery of La Moncloa, 1918.
- Poor Odette, 1919.
- The frivolous and the perverse , 1920.
- Flower of Cantabria, 1920.
- Story of a beautiful body, 1920.
- The crime on rue Pigalle, 1921.
- The desserts at the banquet, 1922.
- The fado of the Paço d'Arcos, 1922.
- The Americanin of the automobile, 1922.
- Gift of Kings , 1923.
- María Jesús, married and martyr , 1923.
- The sad spree, 1923.
- Nun's soul. Novel of provincial life , 1924.
- Poems of province and other poems (1910); Modernly reprinted by Andrés Trapiello (Comares, 1999).
- Hours of absence , unpublished.
- The contemporaries , 1907, 1910 and 1911, three vols.
- The great masters: Salvador Rueda and Rubén Darío , 1909.
- History of the contemporary novel in Spain from Romanticism to our days; , 1909, award of the Ateneo de Madrid.
- In praise of critics (various essays) . Madrid: Hernando's Successors Library, 1911.
- Armando Palacio Valdés : critical judgment of his works .
- Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo , 1912.
- Campoamor , biographical and critical study , 1912.
- Contemporary Spanish playwrights , Valencia: Cervantes, 1917.
- periñal , 1918.
- In the convent of Santa Clara (written expressly for Castilla) , Castilla, illustrated regional magazine , No. 2 (1918)
- José María Martínez Cachero , Andrés González Blanco: a life for literature , Oviedo: Institute of Asturian Studies, 1963.