Salinas, Pedro (1891–1951) By Cardona, Silvia Colás
Pedro Salinas was a poet, essayist, and playwright. Known as the poet of love of the Generation of ’27, and as the senior member of the group, he spent most of his life teaching in universities. He obtained his PhD from the Sorbonne, where he also lectured for several years, specializing in Marcel Proust, whose work he would translate into Spanish. His extensive academic career started at the University of Seville in 1918. It was during his years in Seville that he met Luis Cernuda, on whom he would exert a great influence and who would also become a member of the Generation of ‘27. After teaching at the University of Cambridge and the University of Murcia, he started working at the University of Madrid in 1926, where he founded a literary magazine called Índice literario [Literary Index]. In 1933, the Spanish Republican Government appointed him secretary-general of the Universidad Menéndez Pelayo.