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José Milla y Vidaurre (August 4, 1822 in Guatemala City — September 30, 1882) was one of the most outstanding Guatemalan writers in the 19th century. He was also known by the name Pepe Milla and the pseudonym Salomé Jil.

Milla grew up in a time of great instability, where the struggles between liberals and conservatives were bringing chaos to Guatemala. He came from a well-to-do family and was not a politically relevant figure. However, it is known that he had conservative tendencies and came to public office under conservative governments.

His works can be qualified under various literary genres, although they were mainly dedicated to story-telling, novels and more specifically historical novels. His main theme was life in the colonial Guatemala. His "novelas costumbristas" are about the customs of Guatemalan people during colonial times and during the first years after Guatemalan independence.

In his works, he shows an ability for story-telling and imagination. For him, one of the main functions of literature was to entertain and his books are examples of such function. Jose Milla was well-educated, an expert of Guatemalan idiosyncrasies, its history and its customs.

Works

  • Don Bonifacio (narrative poem)
  • La Hija del Adelantado (historical novel), 1866
  • Los Nazarenos (historical novel)
  • El Visitador (historical novel)
  • Un viaje al otro mundo pasando por otras partes
  • Memorias de un abogado (novel)
  • El esclavo de don dinero (novela costumbrista)
  • Historia de un Pepe (novel)
  • El canasto del sastre (obra costumbrista)
  • Cuadros de Costumbres (obra costumbrista)

External links

Leyendas de un abogado


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