This study seeks to identify Ros de Olano's specific innovations and departures from Romanticism through a comparative study of his work and its precedents and contemporaries throughout Europe, with a view to later developments. It explores his literary engagement with the legacy of transcendental idealism and the autobiographical traditions. His privileging of incident and episode over more conventional narrative, his favouring of irreconcileability over resolution is explained and placed in a detailed context. In searching for alternatives to his literary problems, he makes a remarkable contribution to Spanish prose literature.
Introduction - Antonio Ros de Olano, solider, politicain, and writer; terrible lucidity - "El Doctor Lanuela" 1863; the interwoven branches of illness - "Doctor Lanuela"; "Return Journeys Written by an Apparition" - "Jornadas de Retorno Escritas por un Aparecido" 1873; "leaping memories" - "Saltos de la Memoria" 1883-84; bizarre tales - "Cuentos Estramboticos" 1857-68; lesser literary prose writings - "Guerra de Siete Anos", "Legends of Africa/Guad-el-jelu", "The Sweet River", "Tetuan" (Tet-Taguen); conclusion - being here.