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Leopoldo Lugones

Born 13 June 1874(1874-06-13)
Villa de María del Río Seco1
Died 18 February 1938 (aged 63)
El Tigre
Occupation Journalist, Writer
Genres Fantasy, Christian apologetics, Catholic apologetics, Mystery

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

Born in Villa de María del Río Seco, the traditional city of the province of Córdoba, 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, where his literary talent developed quickly.

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 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.



  • 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

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 in Argentine cinema as one of the most successful films in the history of the cinema.[1]

See also


  1. ^ (Spanish) Di Núbila, Domingo, La época de oro. Historia del cine argentino I pág. 392, 1998, Buenos Aires, Ediciones del Jilguero, ISBN 987-95786-5-1.


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