Person - Astrana Marín, Luis (1889-1959)

Astrana Marín, Luis (1889-1959)




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Fechas de existencia:

Villaescusa de Haro (Cuenca, España)  1889 - Madrid (España)  1959


Spanish journalist, author, historian, translator, and specialist in Cervantes.

He was born in the town of Villaescusa de Haro in Cuenca and died in Madrid.

He began to study with the Discalced Franciscans of Belmonte (Cuenca), from which he went to the seminary of Cuenca, which he left in 1909.

After a long journey throughout Europe, in 1911 he settled permanently in Madrid.

He was tireless and solitary. He frequented archives, libraries, cafes and took part in talk talking shops. He lived austerely to feed a large family. The fact that he was fond of the literary controversy was reflected in his second book Las Profanaciones Literarias: el Libro de los plagios that collects the journalistic debates that he had with important and academic personalities. This book has whole chapter for Cervantes and Shakespeare, his great literary inspirations.

In his work as a journalist, he collaborated with El Liberal, La Correspondencia de España, El Heraldo de Madrid, ABC and El Imparcial. He participated in the edition of the complete works of Quevedo and Calderón. He wrote biographies of Cristóbal Colón, Francisco de Quevedo, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca and Séneca, among others. He translated the whole work of the playwright William Shakespeare into Spanish.

In 1948 he wrote the first of the seven volumes of his pinnacle work, la Vida ejemplar y heroica de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, which he finished in 1958, shortly before he died.

There is proof of his link to the Masonic lodge of Aranda Street that he tried to hide. After the Spanish Civil War, he published several conservative texts in official newspapers.

For his work as a specialist in Cervantes, he received the Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise in 1950. He founded the Sociedad Cervantina in 1953 and was its first president.


En 1941 acudió al Archivo Histórico Nacional (AHN) de Madrid para solicitar tarjeta de investigador.









Madrid (España) in 1959-12-04

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Villaescusa de Haro (Cuenca, España) in 1889

Lugar de Defunción:

Madrid (España) in 1959

Related Authorities

ABC (diario, Madrid, España)  ( Es empleado en/trabaja en )

Associative relations :

Archivo Histórico Nacional (Madrid, España)  ( Es cliente de )

Orden Civil de Alfonso X El Sabio (España)  ( Es miembro de )

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Biblioteca Nacional de España