Representative of the Spanish literary avant-garde, he is especially recognized for his fantastic linguistic creativity , a fact that was evidenced by the singular creation of the Greguería, short phrases in which wit, humor, metaphors, and mental sharpness at the service predominate. of various subjects.
His literary and journalistic production was very prolific and ran through all genres: essay, novel, theater and biography.
He was born in Madrid in 1888 and lived there until the mid-thirties when he went into exile in Argentina.
From an early age he showed his interest in writing and at the age of 14 he directed his first journalistic publication aimed at students at his school .
He graduated from law school but never practiced it because the letters had him passionate and absolutely busy
By the 1920s he was already a renowned journalist and author in his homeland.
Another milestone of his long career were the gatherings that he opened and led at the Café Pombo in Madrid
Together with a select group of colleagues, he met regularly in the basement of the aforementioned café.
From 1912 to 1937, the year the author left for Argentine exile, the meetings took place on Saturday nights and lasted until the early hours of the morning.
The political upheaval unleashed in Spain between nationalists and republicans, which led to a civil war, and finally to the establishment of the Franco Franco dictatorship, sealed his destiny for exile in Argentina
It is worth noting that his exile was not due to political persecution, but rather made his own voluntary decision to do so.
Although his colleagues and colleagues from the gatherings enrolled behind Falangism, he was an advocate of republicanism.
In addition to the comfort he found on Buenos Aires soil, there was a determining affective issue in the decision to settle in Buenos Aires, which was his sentimental union with the Argentine Luisa Sofovich.
His literary work continued in Argentina and his collaboration was intensified in the prestigious newspaper La Nación.
Before Luisa, she had an intense relationship with the author and feminist activist Carmen de Burgos, known by her pseudonym Columbine, and who was twenty years older. Despite their family’s attempts to tear the challenging couple apart, they embarked on countless literary adventures and trips across Europe.