1922 Encyclopædia Britannica/Ibáñez, Vicente Blasco
IBANEZ, VICENTE BLASCO (1867-), Spanish novelist, was born at Valencia in 1867. His earliest works, such as Flor de Mayo (1895), are pictures of provincial life in Valencia, but he later developed a realistic and minute style, reminiscent of Zola. His work is remarkable for its keen observation and power of description, and has become widely popular in England and France. His novels include Sonnica la Cortesana (1901; Eng. trans., Sonnica, 1915); La Catédral (1903; Eng. trans., The Shadow of the Cathedral, 1909); Sangre y Arena, a study of the career of a bull-fighter (1908; Eng. trans., Blood and Sand, 1913); Los Cuatro Jinetes del Apocalipsis (1916; Eng. trans., The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 1918); and Mare Nostrum (1918; Eng. trans., Our Sea, 1920).