Leopoldo Lugones  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

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.

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

  • Las fuerzas extrañas 1906
  • Cuentos fatales 1926

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