Gutiérrez Nájera, Manuel

Gutiérrez Nájera, Manuel

(mänwĕl` go͞otyār`rās nä`hārä), 1859–95, Mexican poet and journalist. One of the precursors of modernismomodernismo
, movement in Spanish literature that had its beginning in Latin America. It was paramount in the last decade of the 19th cent. and the first decade of the 20th cent.

Modernismo derived from French symbolism and the Parnassian school.
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, he founded the literary periodical Revista Azul. His elegant poetry, edited after his death, is delicately musical and wistful; it reflects the influence of Bécquer and of the French symbolists and shows the transition from romanticism to modernism. He also wrote exquisite, often humorous prose, notably in Cuentos frágiles [gossamer stories] (1883) and Cuentos de color de humo [smoke-colored stories] (1898).
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