Educated at the Seminary of San Fulgencio, Selgas had to leave his studies because of his family's financial difficulties. He went to Madrid and occupied various minor governmental posts and worked as a journalist for various newspapers and periodicals including El Padre Cobos. When Martinez Compos became Prime Minister, Selgas acted as his secretary. He was made a member of the Spanish Academy. Although considered a minor writer, his lyrics and short stories were very popular in Spain. In 1850, he published two poetic volumes, La Primavera and El Estio. Other works included Mas Hojas Suetas, a series of his journalistic articles (1866), Manzana de Oro (1872), Obras (1882) and Flores y espinas (Flowers and Thorns) published posthumously in 1884.
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