Magdaleno, Mauricio (1906–1986)

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Magdaleno, Mauricio (1906–1986)

Mauricio Magdaleno (b. 13 May 1906; d. 30 June 1986), Mexican writer. Born in Villa del Refugio, Magdaleno wrote drama, novels, and movie scripts, most of which address the achievements, failures, and contradictions of the Mexican Revolution. In the 1930s Magdaleno founded the theater group Teatro de Ahora in partnership with Juan Bustillo Oro; he also published his most important novel, El resplandor (Sunburst, 1937). In the 1940s Magdaleno wrote many successful screenplays for the growing Mexican film industry. Named to the Mexican Academy of Language in 1957, Magdaleno later held a variety of bureaucratic and political offices, including a period as senator for the state of Zacatecas (1958–1964).

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John S. Brushwood, Mexico in Its Novel: A Nation's Search for Identity (1966), pp. 19-21, 217-218, 226.

Guillermo Schmidhuber, "Díptico sobre el teatro mexicano de los treinta: Bustillo y Magdaleno, Usigli y Villaurrutía," in Revista Iberoamericana 55, no. 148-149 (1989): 1221-1237.

Joseph Sommers, After the Storm: Landmarks of the Modern Mexican Novel (1968), pp. 23-36.

Additional Bibliography

Salazar, Severino. Zacatecas: Cielo cruel, tierra colorada: Poesía, narrativa, ensayo y teatro, 1868–1992. México, D.F.: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994.

                                          Danny J. Anderson

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