Biography of Ángel Cruz Rueda (1888-1961)

Narrator, essayist, journalist, literary critic and Spanish University Professor, born in Seville in 1888 and died in 1961. In the last years of his life he was celebrated, mainly for his intellectual, critical and essay, embodied in works as influential as his essays on Don Armando Palacio Valdés (1925) and his editing and preliminary study of the complete works of Azorín.

However, in the youth years of Ángel Cruz Rueda there was place also to the embodiment of a literary vocation that, from an early age, had led him to devote many hours to the cultivation of literary creation. Thus, indeed, in 1914 saw the light his novel titled pain without end, which would come to join us, a few years later, other two extensive narratives: Silent Garden (1920) and revenge (1924).

By the time between the second and the third decade of the 20th century, Ángel Cruz Rueda participated actively in the literary and cultural life of the capital of Andalusia, to the point of becoming one of the main organizers of the avant-garde movements, from Europe and America, they were beat in his native Seville (in facta fragment of his aforementioned novel silent garden saw the light between the pages of the literary magazine Greece, one of the main channels of expression of the current ultraist which bloomed in the exhibitions cultural forums in those years).

To characterize the literary style of this author that, as a literary creator, has almost been relegated to oblivion, nothing better than play here the words that Francisco basin Benet dedicated to him in his library of Andalusian authors: modern and contemporary (La Habana, 1922), good proof of the interest which, by then, the figure and work of Ángel Cruz Rueda raised: "Young and notable writer, has meant in Spanish literature by fresh unrest and the exquisite melancholy that palpitates in his works. Original and suggestive, Cruz Rueda leaves runways trodden by the writers of the day and, with a wide conception of life, his sincere and bright pen deals with human problems without never descend to levels prohibited by spirituality and literary taste. Writer of refined style, his prose clean, clear, flawless, appears influenced by a vast erudition and in their works thrill of life deeply felt and galanamente exposed [...] "."


-BARRIER LÓPEZ, José María. The Ultraísmo of Seville (history and texts). (Seville: Alfar, 1987). 2 vols.

-BENET, Francisco basin. Library of Andalusian authors: modern and contemporary (La Habana, 1922). 2 vols.