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Pedro de Répide Gallegos (8 February 1853 – 16 February 1947) was a Madrid-based writer and journalist. In the 1920s writers more openly homosexual were not able to deal with the topic in their works. These include the conservative dramatist Jacinto Benavente, the chronicler of Madrid life Pedro de Répide, the short story writer Antonio de Hoyos y Vinent, and the music critic and historian Adolfo Salazar. Many Spaniards escaped to Paris, among them Gregorio Martinez Sierra and Marta Martinez Sierra and the composer Manuel de Falla. Little magazines, such as Grecia of Adriano del Valle, Mediodia of Joaquin Romero Murube, and Renacimiento of Martinez Sierra, remain incompletely studied. Even into the 1920's the situation for homosexuals was oppressive, as can be seen from the reticence of the Espasa-Calpe encyclopedia and the comments of Gregorio Maranon. It was foreigners living in Spain, the Uruguayan Alberto Nin Frías, the Chilean Augusto d'Halmar, and the Cuban Alfonso Hernández Catá, who published the first books on the topic.

Pedro de Répide Gallegos studied law, philosophy and liberal arts at the Complutense University of Madrid, and by the age of nineteen had already published a book of verse, Las Canciones ("The Songs"). In Paris he continued his studies at the Sorbonne and was director of the library of Isabella II of Spain. In 1904, at the death of Isabella II, he returned to Madrid and became a journalist. He was one of the founding members of La Libertad, and editor of El Liberal and a contributor to, among others, Blanco y Negro, La Esfera, Nuevo Mundo, El Cuento Semanal, Los Contemporàneos, La Novela de Hoy, El Libro Popular and La Novela Corta. The Madrid City Council appointed him as official feature writer for the city. He spent eleven years in America.

Pedro de Répide Gallegos's true passion was chronicling contemporary life in Madrid. He scarcely wrote of anything else, save one biography, Isabel II, reina de España (Isabel II, Queen of Spain), which in reality served as a pretext to describe the celebrations, ceremonies and rincones ("corners") of Madrid. Much of his work was first published in varied newspapers and magazines.


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