Biography of Manuel Alvar López (1923-2001)

Poet, essayist and Spanish linguist. Born in Benicarló (Castellón) on July 8, 1923 and died in Madrid on August 13, 2001. Doctor of philosophy and letters, was Assistant Professor of Spanish historical grammar at Salamanca and Professor of the same subject in Granada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Complutense of Madrid and Albany (New York). He/She was a member of the Société de Linguistique de Paris and many others research and dissemination. In 1974 he/she joined the Royal Spanish Academy and was director of the same during the period 1988-1991; on April 18, 1999, he/she read his admission speech at the Royal Academy of history, where he/she held the vacancy of Luis Díez del Corral. He/She has lectured around the world and has received numerous honorary doctorates cause. In 1976 he/she received the national prize for literature for his scientific work, of gigantic proportions, with a load of especially wide in the field of sociolinguistics and linguistic geography. He/She has written, directed or coordinated most of the linguistic atlas of Spain and Latin America published in the second half of the 20th century.

His literary production is also very extensive, with a large number of books of poetry including: pain of blood (1949), sonnets of absences (1966), Cecilia Metela (1966), the city is already body (1970), in Indian Pilgrim (1970), restful blood (1973), notebook of the Mint and the Royal Palm (1974) grenades in the industry (1983), etc. Among his essays stand out the poetry of Delmira Agustini (1958), variety and unity of the Spanish (1969), lays judeo-Spanish (1953), studies and essays in comparative literature (1971), the generation of 98 (1974), Spain and America face to face (1975), Galdós Miguel Angel Asturias (1976), language and society (1976), Gracian and his time (1986), editions of the book of Apollonius, life of Santa María EgipcíacaBook dels three reys d'Orient, etc. A penultimate in recognition of its many merits, on April 18, 1999 he/she entered the Royal Academy of history.