Jacinto BenaventeJacinto Benavente
) was one of the foremost Spanish dramatists of the 20th century, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
in 1922. He returned drama to reality by way of social criticism: declamatory verse giving way to prose, melodrama to comedy, formula to experience, impulsive action to dialogue and the play of minds. Benavente showed a preoccupation with aesthetics and later with ethics.