Pio Baroja

Baroja y Nessi, Pío

Pío Baroja y Nessi (pē´ō bärō´hä ē nās´sē), 1879–1956, Spanish novelist from the Basque Provinces, member of the group of writers known as the Generation of '98. He left medicine to devote himself to literature and came to be the most popular Spanish novelist of the 20th cent. Of his several trilogies, the most widely read abroad concerns the underworld of Madrid—La lucha por la vida [the struggle for existence] (1904), comprising La busca (tr. The Quest, 1922), Mala hierba (tr. Weeds, 1923), and Aurora roja (tr. Red Dawn, 1924). The longest cycle (22 vol.) has a historical background and is known as Memórias de un hombre de acción [memoirs of a man of action]. Baroja's novels are forceful though loosely constructed, characterized by a spare yet lyrical style and an undercurrent of social discontent.

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105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Pio Baroja" begins on p. 959
Authors Today and Yesterday: A Companion Volume to Living Authors
Stanley J. Kunitz; Howard Haycraft; Wilbur C. Hadden.
H.W. Wilson, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "Pio Baroja 1872-" begins on p. 40
Studies from Ten Literatures
Ernest Augustus Boyd.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1925
Librarian’s tip: "Pio Baroja" begins on p. 72
Madrid 1900: The Capital as Cradle of Literature and Culture
Michael Ugarte.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Urban Sociology and Narrative: Pio Baroja"
Spain: A Short History of Its Politics, Literature, and Art from Earliest Times to the Present
Henry Dwight Sedgwick.
Little, Brown, 1926
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XLVI "The Generation of 1898"
Spain: The Root and the Flower: A History of the Civilization of Spain and of the Spanish People
John A. Crow.
Harper & Row, 1963 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Pio Baroja begins on p. 271
The Social Thought of Ortega y Gasset: A Systematic Synthesis in Postmodernism and Interdisciplinarity
John T. Graham.
University of Missouri Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Baroja's ¿Generation of 1898¿ and ¿Modernism¿ as Postmodern " begins on p. 358
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