Palacio Valdés was born in Entralgo (Laviana) but spent most of his life between Avilés, Oviedo and mainly Madrid, for family and professional reasons.
He studied law, which he never practiced, having devoted himself to literature from a young age.
He wrote more than twenty novels, some of which are renowned as masterpieces.
El cuarto poder, La fé or La espuma for example, and others that reached wider audiences such as José or La hermana san sulpicio.
He was one of the best-known novelists of his time and received many tributes, with many of his works being made into films.
He was a language academic, and was twice put forward as a candidate for a Nobel Prize. Four of his novels (El señorito Ocatio, El idilio de un enfermo, La aldea perdida and Sinfonía pastoral) are set in Laviana, with which he maintained both sentimental and physical links throughout his life.
Since 2003 the Armando Palacio Valdés Visitors Centre located in the house where he was born in Entralgo, has been revealing his life and his works.