Person - Calvet, Agustín (1887-1964)

Calvet, Agustín (1887-1964)




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Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Girona, España)  1887-10-07 - Barcelona (España)  1964-04-12


Spanish writer and journalist. He used the pseudonym Gaziel in his writings. In 1903 he started the Law Degree at the University of Barcelona. Later he enrolled in the Faculty of Humanities, his truly vocation. He lived for some months in Madrid, where he obtained his doctorate in 1908. There he had the opportunity to meet various figures from the period, such as Bonilla and San Martín (his beloved master), Ramón y Cajal, Luis Simarro, Unamuno, Galdós and Valle-Inclán. He moved to Paris, where he lived the outbreak of the First World War, about which he narrated in his chronicles for La Veu de Catalunya and for La Vanguardia. His chronicles about the Great War were read throughout Spain and established him as journalist. Since then and until 1953, he used almost exclusively Spanish, which gave him few critics from the most Catalanist sectors. He run La Vanguardia between 1920 and 1936. When the Civil War broke out, he went into exile. He went back to Spain in 1940, urged by the Nazi advance upon Europe, but he had to stop exercising his profession as he was processed and acquitted by Franco's authorities. He settled in Madrid, where he run the publishing company Plus Ultra and he dedicated himself to write books of memories and travels, obtaining a remarkable acclaim by both the critic and audience, among which are outstanding "Tots els camins duen a Roma. Història d'un destí" (1958). In 1959 he definitely settled in Barcelona, where he went back to writing in his native language. Posthumously, his unpublished work to the date was published in "Obra catalana completa" (1970), and in 1971 it appears in Paris, "Historia de 'La Vanguardia'" (1884-1936). For many he is considered the first "modern" journalist of the Spanish state, and the first one that gave an international perspective to his writings.



Lugar de Nacimiento:

Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Girona, España) in 1887-10-07

Lugar de Defunción:

Barcelona (España) in 1964-04-12


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