Incháustegui Cabral, Héctor (1912–1979)

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Incháustegui Cabral, Héctor (1912–1979)

Héctor Incháustegui Cabral (b. 25 July 1912; d. 5 September 1979), Dominican poet. Born in Baní, Incháustegui Cabral wrote a sort of social poetry that ranges from raw identification with the disinherited to meditations on love, death, and mankind's relationship to God. He is best known for Poemas de una sola angustia (1940). His poetic texts appear in Obra poética completa: 1940–1976 (1978), published by the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, where he taught literature for many years. The verse novel Muerte en el Edén (1951); the autobiography El pozo muerto (1960); two collections of essays on Dominican writers; three plays in verse based on ancient Athenian themes; and the novel La sombra del tamarindo (1984), which appeared posthumously, complete his vast production. A diplomat and public official during the dictatorship of his friend, Rafael Trujillo, Incháustegui Cabral held prestigious government positions throughout his life. Despite his association with the Trujillo regime, his literary legacy has been highly regarded by subsequent generations of Dominican writers.

See alsoTrujillo Molina, Rafael Leónidas .


José Alcántara Almánzar, Estudios de poesía dominicana and Imágenes de Héctor Incháustegui Cabral, in Contemporáneos 2 (1980).

Angel Flores, "Héctor Incháustegui Cabral," in Spanish American Authors: The Twentieth Century (1992).

Additional Bibliography

Espina, Eduardo. "Entre la isla y el cielo: la poesía socioreligiosa de Incháustegui Cabral." Revista Iberoamericana 54 (January-March 1988): 187-197.

                                   Silvio Torres-Saillant