Herrera, Flavio (1895–1968)

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Herrera, Flavio (1895–1968)

Flavio Herrera (b. 19 February 1895; d. 31 January 1968), noted Guatemalan romantic author and poet. Born in Guatemala City, Herrera graduated in law from the national university. He traveled widely in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. His first major collection of stories, La lente opaca, was published in Germany in 1921 while he lived there. Herrera served as ambassador for his country to Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina. He established the first school of journalism in Guatemala at San Carlos University, where he also was a professor of law. His novels include El tigre (1934), La tempestad (1935), and Caos (1949). His poems were published in Solera (1962). An owner of coffee farms, he lived the last years of his life in Guatemala City with an elderly uncle.

See alsoCoffee Industry; Journalism.


Enrique Anderson-Imbert, Spanish-American Literature: A History, 2d ed. (1969).

Epaminondas Quintana, ed., La generación de 1920 (1971).

Additional Bibliography

Arias, Arturo. La identidad de la palabra: Narrativa guatemalteca del siglo veinte. Guatemala: Artemis & Edinte, 1998.

Toledo, Aída. Vocación de herejes: Reflexiones sobre literatura guatemalteca contemporánea. Guatemala: Academia Editora: Editorial Cultura, 2002.

                                        David L. Jickling

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