The Countess Emilia Pardo Bazan was born in 1851 and married at sixteen. After separating from her husband, she embarked on an affair with novelist Benito Perez Galdos. The House of Ulloa (1886) is generally considered as her masterpiece among her many literary works. Professor Paul O'Prey is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton, London. Lucia Graves has translated works by Robert Graves, Anais Nin, Katherine Mansfield and Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and is the author of a memoir, A Woman Unknown, and a novel, The Memory House.
An absolutely first-rate novelist [...] Bazan's genius lies in the
way she mixes comedy, farce, realism and heightened-pitch hysteria
with a dash of gothic [...] People may travel by donkey in this
book, but it could have been written yesterday -- Nick Lezard *
Pardo Bazan's mastery of social types and of the political currents that swirled around the liberal revolution are unsurpassed in Spanish literature ... O'Prey and Graves ... avoid awkward literalisms while nonetheless remaining true to the spirit of the original -- New Criterion