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Miguel Angel Asturias Collection
Miguel Angel Asturias was born in Guatemala City, Guatamala in 1899. He studied law at the University of San Carlos, graduating in 1923. His thesis "The Social Problem of the Indian" was published in the same year. After finishing his law degree, Asturias helped found the Popular University of Guatemala to offer educational access to strudents who could not afford to attend the national university. In 1923, he left for Europe. After spending a few months in London, he went to Paris where he whould remain for ten years. At the Sorbonne in Paris, he would attend lectures by Professor Georges Raynaud, whose disiple he became. In 1928 he travelled back to Guatemala where he lectured at the Popular University. These lectures were collected into "La Arquitectura de la vida nueva". He then returned to Paris to finish "Leyendes de Guatemala", which was published in 1930. "Leyendes de Guatemala" received the Silla Monsegur Prize. During his stay in Paris from 1923 to 1933, Asturias wrote "El Senor Presidente". Because of its political implications, Asturias was unable to bring it with him when he returned to Guatemala in 1933. The orignal version remained unplublished for 13 years. The fall of Jorge Ubico's regime in 1944 brought Professor Juan Jose Arevalo to the presidency. He immediately appointed Asturias cultural attache to the Guatemalan Embassy in Mexico, where the first edition of "El Senor Presidente" appeared in 1946. In 1947, he was transfered to Buenos Aires as a cultural attache which became a Ministral post two years later. In 1949, Asturias published "Sien de Alondra", an anthology of his poems written between 1918 and 1948. That same year he published "Hombres de Maiz". His next three novels, "Viento fuerte", "El Papa Verde", and "Los ojos de los enterrados" were grouped into a trilogy known as "The Banana Trilogy". In 1954 Asturias was exiled from Guatemala following the overthrow of President Jacobo Arbenz. He moved back to Argentian where he published a collection of short stories about the coup, titled "Weekend in Guatemala". His novel "Mulata de tal" was published the following year. Asturias served in various diplomatic roles again in the early 1960s, spending his final years in Madrid. In 1966, Asturias was awarded the International Lenon Peace Prize. He was also named the Guatemalan ambassador to France. In 1967, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Asutrias died in Madrid on June 9, 1974.
This is a preliminary inventory only, and additions are ongoing. The collection is currently unprocessed, but is available to researchers in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room.
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Cite as: Miguel Angel Asturias Collection, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
Accession numbers: 2020-05
Collection is unprocessed.
No further materials are expected for this collection.