Leopoldo Lugones (Jun 13, 1874 - Feb 18, 1938)

Leopoldo Lugones
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Leopoldo Lugones Argüello (13 June 1874 – 18 February 1938) was an Argentine writer and journalist.

Early life

Born in Villa de María del Río Seco, a city in Córdoba Province, in Argentina's Catholic heartland, Lugones belonged to a family of landed gentry. He first worked for La Montaña, a newspaper, and was in favour with the aristocratic Manuel Quintana, a candidate to become a president of Argentina. This brought him first to Buenos Aires in 1896, where his literary talent developed quickly.

That year, he married Juana Agudelo, from whom he had a son, Leopoldo Polo Lugones, who would become the notorious chief of the Federal Police during the dictatorship of José Félix Uriburu.

Career

Lugones was the leading Argentine exponent of the Latin American literary current known as Modernismo. This was a form of Parnassianism influenced by Symbolism. He was also the author of the incredibly dense and rich historical novel La Guerra Gaucha (1905). He was an impassioned journalist, polemicist and public speaker who at first was a Socialist, later a conservative/traditionalist and finally a supporter of Fascism and as such an inspiration for a group of rightist intellectuals such as Juan Carulla and Rodolfo Irazusta.

Leopoldo Lugones went to Europe in 1906, 1911, 1913 and in 1930, in which latter year he supported the coup d'état against the aging Radical party president, Hipólito Yrigoyen.

In early 1938, the despairing and disillusioned Lugones committed suicide by taking a mixture of whisky and cyanide while staying at the river resort of El Tigre in Buenos Aires.

Poetry

Las montañas del oro (1897)
Los crepúsculos del jardín (1905)
Lunario sentimental (1909)
Odas seculares (1910)
El libro fiel (1912)
El libro de los paisajes (1917)
Las horas doradas (1922)
Romances del río seco (posthumously, 1939)

Short stories

Las fuerzas extrañas 1906
Cuentos fatales 1926

La Guerra Gaucha

La guerra gaucha (The Gaucho War) is a 1942 Argentine historical drama and epic film directed by Lucas Demare and starring Enrique Muiño, Francisco Petrone, Ángel Magaña, and Amelia Bence. The film's script, written by Homero Manzi and Ulyses Petit de Murat, is based on the novel by Leopoldo Lugones published in 1905. The film premiered in Buenos Aires on November 20, 1942 and is considered by critics of Argentine cinema as one of the most successful films in the history of the cinema.

References

Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopoldo_Lugones


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Poems by Leopoldo Lugones (read randomly)

Yo quisiera morir como las rosas
en la blancura del deshojamiento.
Irme suave y cordial, callado y lento

Al matinal
cielo de añil,
desde el pensil

Desde que el horizonte suburbano,
El plenilunio crepuscular destella,
En el desierto comedor, un lejano

Claro fue nuestro amor; y al fresco halago
plenilunar, con música indecisa,
el arco vagaroso de la brisa

Cuando el campo está más solo
y la casa, en paz, abierta,
aparece por la puerta,

El maestro carpintero
de la boina colorada,
va desde la madrugada