After initially studying law, Alarcon began an early career in journalism in his native Guadix. In 1854, he moved to Madrid and became editor of the republican journal El Latigo. In 1855, he published El Final de Norma (The Final Act From Norma). He went to Africa in 1859 as a correspondent in the war and in 1860, published his diaries of the events in Morrocco in Diario de un testigo de la guerra de Africa. His other works include El Sombrero de tres picos (The Three-cornered Hat) (1874), El nino de la Bola (The Child with the Globe) (1880), Poesias serias y humoristicos (1886) and Comedias ecogidas (1886). Alarcon also produced some stage plays and lesser poetry.
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Captain Veneno's Proposal of Marriage
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The Tall Woman
The Three-Cornered Hat
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