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Brañas Guerra, César (1899–1976)

Brañas Guerra, César (1899–1976)

César Brañas Guerra (b. 13 December 1899; d. 22 February 1976), Guatemalan poet, journalist, and writer, and one of the founders of the influential Guatemalan daily El Imparcial (1922–1985). Born in Antigua, Brañas was the best-known of a family of important literary figures. His father was an immigrant from Galicia and his mother a schoolteacher in Antigua. His prolific output of poetry, novels, historical works, and critical essays was highly influential in mid-twentieth-century Guatemala. Like Miguel Ángel Asturias, he contributed to a social consciousness among the Guatemalan intelligentsia. His large library, a part of the University of San Carlos, is especially useful for study of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

See alsoJournalism .


Francisco Albizúrez Palma and Catalina Barrios y Barrios, Historia de la literatura guatemalteca, 3 vols. (1981–1987), vol. 2, pp. 167-203.

Carlos C. Haeussler Yela, Diccionario general de Guatemala (1983), vol. 1, p. 260.

Additional Bibliography

Asturias, Miguel Angel, César Brañas, et al. Fragmentos de una correspondencia: Brañas-Asturias, 1929–1973. Guatemala: Editorial Universitaria, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 2001.

Grandin, Greg. The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.

                           Ralph Lee Woodward Jr.

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