Pedro Henríquez Ureña

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Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Pedro Henríquez Ureña (1884-1946) is one of the pillars of Latin American literary criticism. Raised in a family of politicians, educators and writers (his mother, Salomé Ureña, was the most renowned Dominican poet of her time; his father, Francisco Henríquez y Carvajal, was elected President of the Dominican Republic in 1916), Henríquez Ureña started his literary career as a poet in his youth, but after publishing his first book, Ensayos críticos [Critical essays] (1905), he abandoned poetry writing and embarked instead on a rapidly influential path as a philologist, literary critic and linguist.

After a brief period in New York (1901-1904) to pursue studies at Columbia U…

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Rodriguez, Nestor. "Pedro Henríquez Ureña". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 November 2015
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