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José Eduardo Gorostiza

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Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

Born in Veracruz, Mexico, he went to his father's native Spain as a young man, where he became a liberal. He wrote popular theatrical pieces in Spain, translated other works and adapted them for the Castilian stage. One, “Con tigo, pan y cebolla”, is described by Calderón de la Barca as “delightful”. He served the Mexican government in the Cabinet, as Chargé d’Affaires in Holland, and Minister of the Court of Saint James. “In conversation he is extremely witty and agreeable, and he has collected some good paintings and valuable books in the course of his European travels.

Writing in 1841, Calderón de la Barca names him among Mexico’s “distinguished men” of literature. And adds, as a general comment, “nearly all these, at least those who are married, have had the good fortune to unite themselves with women who are either their equals or superiors, in not in education – in goodness, elevation of sentiment and natural talent”. (Calderón de la Barca, 355, 357, 360) It is possible that he attended Calderón de la Barca’s tertulias.

Life Events

Other 1841He met Frances Calderón de la Barca in Mexico City.


Calderón de la Barca, Frances, (1982), Life in Mexico


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