“(1867-1928) Spanish novelist. Blasco Ibanez’s early, naturalistic novels, dealing with life in his native Valencia, are generally considered his best; these include La barraca (The Cabin, 1898) and Canas y barro (Reeds and Mud, 1902). Later, he wrote the novels that won him great popularity and financial rewards, perhaps at the expense of his literary reputation. Among these are Los cuatros jinetes del Apocalipsis (The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, 1916), a World War I story, and Sangre y arena (Blood and Sand, 1909).”
Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.