Happy Birthday to Jacinto Benavente y Martínez, Nobel Prize Winner

August 12, 1866 is the birthday of Jacinto Benavente y Martínez, the Nobel Prizing winning Spanish writer and playwright, born in Madrid, Spain. Martinez wrote and staged 172 plays. Martinez was the youngest son of a successful and influential pediatrician, and grew up with a secure place in Madrid’s comfortable upper class society before the devastating Spanish Civil War.  His work reflected the social life that he had enjoyed, with sophisticated comedies of manners, social satires, and realism.  He advanced Spanish theater with ideas and dialogue that were central to his work.

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