martes, 15 de octubre de 2013

Brenan´s Biography

Gerald “Gerald” Brenan, (7 April 1894 – 19 January 1987) was a British writer and Hispanist who spent much of his life in Spain.



He is best known for The Spanish Labyrinth, a historical work on the background to the Spanish Civil War, and for South from Granada: Seven Years in an Andalusian Village
He was born in Malta, while his father was in the British Army. He was educated at Radley. At the age of 18, his father wanted him to train at Sandhurst, but he set off with an older friend, John Hope-Johnstone, to walk to China. 

He joined the British Army and served in France throughout the World War I. After the war, Hope-Johnstone introduced him to the Bloomsbury Group. In 1919 he moved to Spain, and from 1920 he rented a house in the small village of Yegen, in the Alpujarras district of the province of Granada. He spent his time catching up on the education which he felt he had missed by not attending university, and in writing. Despite the remoteness of his new home, contacts with Bloomsbury continued, particularly with his best friend Ralph Partridge and his first wife Dora Carrington. In the late 1920s he formed a relationship with his maid, Juliana Martin Pelegrina, that resulted in the birth of a daughter, Miranda Helen, in 1931.

But in Dorset in 1930, he met the American poet and novelist Gamel Woolsey (1895–1968); they married in Rome in 1931. They bought a house in Churriana, Málaga in 1935, though they had to come back England because of the outbrake of the Spanish Civil war. 

Brenan was permitted to return to Spain in 1953 despite holding views which were critical of Franco’s regime.

Gamel Woolsey died in Spain in 1968 and is buried at the English Cemetery, in Málaga. 

Brenan donated his body to the Medicine Faculty of Málaga for medical research and later cremated; his ashes are buried next to his wife. He died 19 January 1987 (aged 92.)

1 comentario:

  1. To learn more about Brenan´s life, I recommend his autobiographical works, they do not mean strictly true, they are his personal views and opinion of the situations that shaped his life and made ​​him what he always wanted to be "an immortal writer ."

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