José Maria Sanchez-Silva

José Maria Sanchez-Silva y Garcia-Morales (1911 Madrid - 2002) was a Spanish writer, famous as a writer for young audiences, is the only Spanish to win the Hans Christian Andersen Award. His father, José María Sánchez Silva, was a journalist close to anarchism, writing in the journal Earth, and who went into exile in 1939. But many years before the family had been unstructured and son (Sánchez-Silva) just lived with his father at times was practically a vagrant child. He joined in institutions for orphans and children at risk as the Brown School of Madrid (Madrid City Hall dependent). In these institutions for children learned typing and shorthand, which got a stenographer's office in the city of Madrid. In 1934, he published his first book The Man in the scarf. During the Spanish Civil War, he remained in the Republican zone in Madrid, working with the clandestine activities of the Falange up to the time of Franco's troops entered the city. In 1939, he began working as a journalist in the newspaper Arriba , where he became assistant principal, and also collaborated with the newspaper El Pueblo .

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