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Fombona White Rufino

This is another Venezuelan character who traveled with great intelligence through literature, poetry, journalism, diplomacy and in fact politics, who also left an extensive historical work, among whose books we can mention the one titled Bolívar and the War. a Muerte with which he vindicates the political, military and literary ideology of the famous Caracas native, from whose presentation we quote: “When I began to write about history, very young, I wrote this study. I gave him a scientific device, fashionable at the time, and a lawyerly and unfriendly tone…” There were 294 pages and the two were in the index.

Exactly yesterday, Monday the 17th, it was 150 years since his birth in Caracas, in 1874. He studied at the Santa María and San Agustín Catholic schools in Caracas, and entered the Central University, where he studied law and philosophy; He was also in the Military Academy and in 1892 he participated in the so-called Legalist Revolution, under the command of Joaquín Crespo. Because he belonged to a family with high economic resources, he was sent to the United States as consul in Philadelphia, from where he sent the poem Patria, in order to participate in a contest to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the Grand Marshal of Ayacucho. Antonio José de Sucre, in which he won first prize.

He was an anti-Gomecista, so his family later sent him to Europe. He lived in France and Spain. Dedicated to journalism, in Madrid he founded La Editorial América, which allowed him to spread his ideals as a writer, publishing more than 40 works, among which we can mention The Spanish Conqueror of the XNUMXth Century, The Political and Social Evolution of Latin America, The Man of gold, The Iron Man, which he wrote in the Old Prison of Ciudad Bolívar, where he was sent by order of Cipriano Castro, who had appointed him Governor of Río Negro and maintained strong opposition to the rubber monopoly. He dedicated himself to writing from an early age and was one of the most notable collaborators that El Cojo Ilustrado had, at the same time that he published Modernism and the Modernist Poets, Little Lyrical Opera, which was prologued by none other than Rubén Darío. Finally, he published American Tales.

During the times of his exile in Spain, he participated in politics and held the civil governorship of a province. Once Gómez died, he returned to his native land and served in the government of López Contreras as governor of the state of Miranda. His work The Iron Man was described by critics as “a bourgeois trash”, which reflects “somewhat the humanity of the author and the magical reflection” of the Caracas of his time… He died on October 16, 1944, in Buenos Aires, argenitna…

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