Xosé Filgueira Valverde

Xosé Fernando Filgueira Valverde, or sometimes José Filgueira Valverde (28 October 1906, in Pontevedra – 13 September 1996, in Pontevedra),[1] was a Spanish writer, intellectual, researcher, scholar and critic in Galician language and Spanish. He was known as "O vello profesor" ("The old professor") to Galician intellectuals.

Xosé Filgueira Valverde
Filgueira Valverde, 1931.
Filgueira Valverde, 1931.
BornXosé Fernando Filgueira Valverde
28 November 1906
Pontevedra, Galicia
Died13 September 1996
OccupationWriter and researcher


Xosé co-founded the Seminario de Estudos Galegos, along with Fermín Bouza Brey and Lois Tobío Fernández, and was director of the Instituto Padre Sarmiento de Estudios Gallegos and the Museo de Pontevedra. He chaired the Consejo de la Cultura Gallega and was a member of the Royal Galician Academy. With a deep interest in humanist culture, Filgueira Valverde completed extensive and informative work in a period in which this function was nonexistent or unfulfilled by institutions.

The Royal Galician Academy agreed to dedicate the 2015, Day of the Galician Letters, to Filgueira Valverde for his work in favour of the Galician language and culture.[2] He is a figure that arouses controversy[3] and yet played a fundamental role in the recounting of the Galician culture and literature of the 20th century.


  1. ^ "The Galician intellectual Xosé Filgueira Valverde died yesterday..." El País. 14 September 1996. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Día das Letras Galegas a Xosé Filgueira Valverde" (in Galician). Royal Galician Academy. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  3. ^ "A Mesa non apoia dedicar o Día das Letras Galegas 2015 a Filgueira Valverde" (in Galician). Mesa Pola Normalización Lingüística. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.