Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer was born at Seville.
As a student of painting, he began a poverty-stricken career at Madrid, where,
after an unhappy marriage, he died.
His Obras (Madrid, 1871) reveal a writer, who influenced greatly by Hoffmann and Heine, possessed one of the most original talents in Spanish literature. He is sometimes considered the founder of the modern Spanish school of poetry. His works have passed through many editions.
(Hispanic Anthology: Poems Translated from the Spanish by English and North American Poets, collected and arranged by Thomas Walsh. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1920).