Leopoldo Alas nsIn hmolscience, Leopoldo Alas (1852-1901), pen name Clarín (1875-forward), was a Spanish realism novelist noted for []

In 1885, Alas in his realist novel The Regent’s Wife (La Regenta), supposedly employs the metaphor of the body as a living heat engine (a heat engine that is alive) and the notion of the drive toward entropy.

In 1890, Alas, in his novel His Only Son (Su Unico Hijo), which supposedly was inspired by German polymath Johann Goethe’s 1809 Elective Affinities, employed the notion of elective affinity (or human elective affinity?), the theme of renunciation, the preoccupation with a child’s resemblance to the parents, and character parallels. [1] American physical organic chemist and literature chemistry historian Stephen Weininger gives his opinion that Alas' His Only Son is an "inspired successor" to Goethe's novella. [2]

1. (a) Larsen, Kevin S. (1994). “Hunger, Heat, and Humiliation: Aspects of the Alimentary Thermodynamics of La Regenta”, HisJ, 15(1): 73-88.
(b) Larsen, Kevin S. (1990). “On the Paternity of Clarin’s ‘Second Novel’ Su Unico Higo and Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften”, GRM, 40: 408-21.
2. Weininger, Stephen J. (2002). “Chemistry”, in: Encyclopedia of Literature and Science (pg. 77-79), ed. Pamela Gossin, Greenwood Publishing Group.

External links
‚óŹ Leopoldo Alas – Wikipedia.

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