Eugeni d'Ors

Eugeni d'Ors seen by Ramon Casas (MNAC).

Eugeni d’Ors i Rovira (Catalan pronunciation: ) (Barcelona, 1881 – Vilanova i la Geltrú, 1954) was a Spanish writer, essayist, journalist, philosopher and art critic. He wrote in both Catalan and Spanish, sometimes under the pseudonym of Xènius (pronounced: ).

Medallion showing a profile relief of D'Ors, by F. Marés. Detail of the monument to him in Madrid (1963).

He studied laws in Barcelona and got his PhD degree in Madrid.

He collaborated from 1906 on in La Veu de Catalunya and was a member of Catalan Noucentisme. He was the secretary of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans in 1911 and director of the Instrucció Pública de la Mancomunitat de Catalunya (Commonwealth of Catalonia) in 1917, but he left in 1920 after Enric Prat de la Riba's death. In 1923 he moved to Madrid where he became a member of the Real Academia Española in 1927. In 1938, during Spanish Civil War he was the General Director on Fine Arts in the Francoist provisional government in Burgos.

He was the father of the noted Spanish jurist, historian and political theorist, Àlvaro d'Ors, and the grandfather of the writer Juan d'Ors.


In Catalan

  • La fi d'Isidre Nonell, 1902 (narració)
  • Gloses de quaresma, 1911
  • La ben plantada, 1911
  • Gualba la de mil veus, 1911
  • Oceanografia del tedi, 1918
  • La vall de Josafat, 1918
  • Gloses de la vaga, 1919

In Spanish

  • Estudios de arte (1932)
  • Introducción a la vida angélica. Cartas a una soledad, 1939
  • Novísimo glosario (1946)
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