“(1868-1938) Uruguayan novelist. Independently wealthy, Reyles was able to devote his life to writing and other intellectual pursuits. His early novels are naturalistic and emphasize psychological analysis. Among these works are Beba (1894), about the evil effects of consanguinity on both men and animals; La raza de Cain (1900), a study in abnormal psychology; and El teruno (1916), a story of ranch life. His best-known work is probably El embrujo de Sevilla (1922; tr Castanets, 1929), a sensuous, lyrical novel, in which the Andalusian city itself is the dominant figure. He also wrote El gaucho florido (1932), another realistic portrayal of rural life.”
Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.