Azorín (Pseudonym of José Martínez Ruiz) Critical Essays


Azorín (Pseudonym of José Martínez Ruiz) 1874–1967

A Spanish novelist, essayist, and dramatist, Azorín was one of the central figures in Spain's literary "Generation of '98." His style is concise and sensitive, with great attention to detail and to the commonplace. The pseudonym Azorín was derived from a character of the author's own invention. Fictional and real merged, with José Martínez Ruiz becoming Azorín in private as well as public life. He has also written under the names of Cándido and Ahriman.