Jacinto Benavente

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Jacinto Benavente
Born (1866-08-12)12 August 1866
Madrid, Spain
Died 14 July 1954(1954-07-14) (aged 87)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Literature

Jacinto Benavente y Martínez (12 August 1866 – 14 July 1954) was one of the foremost Spanish dramatists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922 "for the happy manner in which he has continued the illustrious traditions of the Spanish drama".[1]

Born in Madrid, the son of a celebrated pediatrician, he returned drama to reality by way of social criticism: declamatory verse giving way to prose, melodrama to comedy, formula to experience, impulsive action to dialogue and the play of minds. Benavente showed a preoccupation with aesthetics and later with ethics.

A liberal monarchist and a critic of Socialism, he was a reluctant supporter of the Franco regime as the only viable alternative to what he considered the disastrous republican experiment of 1931–1936. Benavente died in Aldeaencabo de Escalona (Toledo) at the age of 87. He never married. According to many sources, he was homosexual.[2][3]

Jacinto Benavente Monument inside Retiro Park in Madrid,Spain

Principal works

Jacinto Benavente wrote 172 works. Among his most important works are:[4][5]

  • El nido ajeno (Another's Nest, 1894), comedy, three acts.
  • Gente conocida (High Society, 1896), satirical scenes of modern life, four acts.
  • La Gobernadora (The Governor's Wife, 1901), comedy, three acts.
  • La noche del sábado (Saturday Night, 1903), stage romance, five divisions; Imperia is a ballerina and later prostitute who falls in love with Prince Miguel, who will take the throne of Swabia.
  • Rosas de otoño (Autumnal Roses, 1905), sentimental comedy, three acts.
  • Los intereses creados (The Bonds of Interest, 1907), comedy of masks based on the Italian commedia dell'arte; Benavente's most famous and often performed work.
  • Señora ama (The Lady of the House, 1908), rural drama; a penetrating psychological study of a woman jealous of her husband.
  • La malquerida (The Wrongly Loved, 1913), rural psychological drama, three acts; the basis for the 1921 film The Passion Flower, starring Norma Talmadge.
  • La ciudad alegre y confiada (1916), continuation from Los intereses creados.
  • Campo de armiño (1916)
  • Lecciones de buen amor (1924)
  • La mariposa que voló sobre el mar (1926)
  • Pepa Doncel (1928)
  • Vidas cruzadas (1929)
  • Aves y pájaros (1940)
  • La honradez de la cerradura (1942)
  • La infanzona (1945)
  • Titania (1946)
  • La infanzona (1947)
  • Abdicación (1948)
  • Ha llegado Don Juan (1952)
  • El alfiler en la boca (1954)
  • Hijos, padres de sus padres (Sons, Fathers of Their Parents, 1954)


  1. "Jacinto Benavente - Facts". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  2. Villena, Luis Antonio de (ed.) (2002), Amores iguales. Antología de la poesía gay y lésbica (in español), Madrid: La Esfera, ISBN 84-9734-061-2 
  3. Garzón, Juan Ignacio García (14 July 2004), La paradoja del comediógrafo (in español), ABC.es, retrieved 2007-09-19 
  4. van Horn, John; Benavente, Jacinto (1918). Heath's Modern Language Series: Tres Comedias. D. C. Heath & Co. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  5. Frenz, Horst, ed. (1969). Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing Company. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 

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