Juan Zorrilla de San Martín

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Juan Zorrilla de San Martín
JuanZorrillaDeSanMartin.jpg
Uruguayan writer
Born Juan Zorrilla de San Martín
(1855-12-28)December 28, 1855
Montevideo, Uruguay
Died November 3, 1931(1931-11-03) (aged 75)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Uruguayan
Occupation writer, poet, ambassador
Spouse(s) Elvira Blanco Sienra
Concepción Blanco Sienra
Juan Zorrilla de San Martin Sculpture in Montevideo by his son José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín
The patriarch Juan Zorrilla de San Martin and his family
Zorrilla Museum in Montevideo

Juan Zorrilla de San Martín (December 28, 1855 – November 3, 1931) was a Uruguayan epic poet – he is referred to as the "National Poet of Uruguay" – and political figure .[1]

Well-known poems[edit]

Two of his most famous poems are Tabaré (the national poem for Uruguayans) and La Leyenda Patria (The patriot legend).

He is author of the Hymn to the Tree (Himno al Arbol) a well known Spanish poem later made a song in several Latin-American countries.

Personal background[edit]

The internationally well known sculptor José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín was his son and father of internationally known actress China Zorrilla.

As a political figure Juan Zorrilla de San Martín served as a Deputy for Montevideo from 1888 to 1891 and served as Ambassador several periods.

He was twice widowed, and left 13 children when he died.

His grandson, Alejandro Zorrilla de San Martín, was to serve as a prominent Deputy, Minister and Senator.

One of his several granddaughters became the most famous actress of Uruguay, Concepción Zorrilla, A.K.A. China Zorrilla. She was a disciple of Margarita Xirgu and moved to Argentina in 1971 where she had a distinguished career in theater, TV and movies also in Spain and other Southamerican countries. Her big successes in movies, Besos en la frente, Esperando la carroza (Waiting for the Hearse). Elsa & Fred, for Conversations with Mother she won the Moscow Film Festival as best actress for this one. She never married and never had children.

His granddaughter Guma Zorrilla was a theater costume designer.

Honours[edit]

His house in Montevideo, is now an museum.

He is featured on the 20-peso note.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Spanish Wikipedia.
  1. ^ 'Juan Zorrilla de San Martín', Wikipedia (in Spanish), es:Juan Zorrilla de San Martín,

External links[edit]

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