Ranking of Spanish literature by difficulty

We have analysed Spanish texts in terms of the difficulty of the vocabulary and grammar, and provide you a ranking (as well as detailed information about each work). We hope this can help you pick the right Spanish title to read! Choose the category of Spanish literature you are interested in to see the ranking:

Why choose? Well, to make our rankings a bit more balanced, we decided to split those into two: short texts / poems and books. We figured, just like in English, there is simply no fair way to compare the complexity of something like Emily Dickinson's 'I reason, earth is short' with F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby', and so there shouldn't be such a comparison in Spanish.

About our literary rankings

Once you choose, you will see a ranking of all the works we have analysed in terms of both grammar and vocabulary - and you will also be able to click on any particular title to see its full extensive analysis. You will also be able to click on the ranking table and re-arrange the works based on the criteria you prefer. Go to our tool's main page (or the page of any work) to learn more about the algorithms we use.

About Spanish literature

Similarly to Portuguese literature, Spanish literature (if understood in a very broad sense) has old roots and is sometimes considered to have appeared as early as the first millenium CE. In any event, in Medieval times, the earliest examples of the local vernacular that eventually developed into Spanish are quite commonly found. This Romance-language based literature possessed a mix of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian influences. One of the most well-known works is the epic poem Cantar de Mio Cid, written in 1140.

Spanish prose became more important in the the mid-thirteenth century, but nothing can eclipse in importance the works on Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and especially his novel Don Quixote. A satyrical novel on the adventures of a medieval knight (who bordered insanity) and his loyal friend entered Spanish folklore and defined Spanish literature forever. However, notably, Cervantes also wrote other works, the second most famous of which, called the Colloquy of the Dogs, we have translated in Interlinear.

Cover for Don Quixote

Spanish literature developed through the middle ages and the Enlightenment, it had a Romanticism period of the 19th century (as was common in almost every single European state), and it is distinguished by a spreading out to different branches towards late nineteenth - early twentieth century: Parnasianism, Symbolism, Futurism, and Creationism and others.

Other resources and languages

We suggest you also check out our literature discovery tool in languages other than Spanish. You can do so here:

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Moreover, if you are interested in languages and literature - please have a look at our main website Interlinear Books - it will hopefully be of interest to you!