“(1875-1961) Argentine novelist. Larreta was a romantic who wrote with great technical precision. He recreated the Spain of Philip II in La Gloria de don Ramiro (1908; tr The Glory of Don Ramiro, 1924). His dark and lyrical stories are remarkable for images which assault the reader’s senses with colors, sounds, and smells. Other well-known works are two gaucho novels, Zogoibi (1926) and En la pampas (1955), and El Gerardo (1956), a two-part novel set in the Alhambra and Argentina, respectively, shortly after the Spanish civil war.”
Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.