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About the Author: Juan Valera

Juan Valera y Alcalá-Galiano was a Spanish realist author, writer and political figure.
He was born at Cabra, in the province of Córdoba, and was educated at Málaga and at the University of Granada, where he took his degree in law, and then entered upon a diplomatic career (1847). Over the next five decades, Valera filled a number of positions in a variety of various places. He accompanied the Spanish Ambassador to Naples. Afterwards, he was a member of the Spanish legations at Lisbon (1850), Rio de Janeiro (1851–53), Dresden and St. Petersburg (1854–57). After his return to Madrid, he became one of the editors of the liberal journal El Contemporáneo (1859), and was appointed Minister to Frankfurt (1865). After the revolution of 1868 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State and (1871) Director of Public Instruction. During the reign of Alphonso XII he was Minister to Lisbon (1881–83), Washington (1883–86), and Brussels (1886–88), and in 1893-95 Ambassador to Vienna. He was elected to the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences in 1900.

Throughout his diplomatic and political activity he produced works which rank among the highest that his country's literature contains. For purity of diction and beauty of style Valera has never been surpassed in Spain. Pepita Jiménez, which appeared as a serial in 1874, is probably his best known work; it has since been translated into many languages. It depicts the gradual realization by a young seminarian of the empty vanity of his vocation, culminating in a shattering denouement. Other novels are Las ilusions del doctor Faustino (1875), El comendador Mendoza (1877), Pasarse de listo, and Doña Luz (1879). All of the foregoing novels were written around the time when he abandoned his political activities. He was also a supporter of Iberian Federalism.


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Paperback, Published in Jan 2014 by Linkgua

ISBN10: 8498163196 | ISBN13: 9788498163193

Page count: 30

Era su nombre doña Mencía. Sobrina del conde de Cabra, se había criado en la casa de aquel ilustre prócer. Apasionadamente enamorada del gentil caballero don Jaime, venido de Aragón a ponerse al servicio del conde, y muy señalado ya por su habilidad y su brío en todos los ejercicios caballerescos, por sus notables proezas y, hasta por su talento y maestría en el gay saber, el conde no tuvo que oponer razón alguna contra la boda, y consintió en que don Jaime y doña Mencía se casasen, dando en dote a la doncella el dominio y la alcaidía del castillo de que voy hablando. Sin duda para mostrarse más digno de su encumbramiento, don Jaime acometió la arriesgadísima empresa que causó su muerte. Diecisiete años acababa de cumplir doña Mencía cuando se quedó viuda. Amarga y desconsoladoramente lloró la muerte de su gentil e idolatrado esposo. Vistió severísimo luto, hizo una vida retirada, y en los veinte años que se siguieron hasta el día en que empieza esta historia, no salió del castillo sino para dar solitarios paseos.

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