Ksaver Šandor Gjalski, whose real name was Ljubomil Tito Josip Franjo Babić (Gredice, Zabok, 26th October 1854 - Gredice, Zabok, 9th February 1935), was a Croatian writer. He wrote novels, short stories, chronicles, literary articles, philological summaries, as well as political and historical discourses.
One of typical Croatian writers in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was born in the noble family of Croatian Zagorje, which will affect his choice of literary topics. In his short stories Pod starimi Krovovi (Under the old roofs), Za materinsku Riec (For mother’s word) and Na rođenoj Grudi (On own land) he is not only the chronicler, but also the sensitive poet, as well as the mature and refined artist. In the foreground is his emotional relationship to nature and Zagorje landscape.
Gjalski wrote about other themes and motifs, and comprised almost all social problems of his time. He remains known as the first critic, and even the first Croatian writer who wrote down a comprehensive literary synthesis of Croatian society in which he lived.