Enrique Arturo Laguerre Vélez|
May 3, 1906
Moca, Puerto Rico
June 16, 2005 (aged 99)|
Carolina, Puerto Rico
|Pen name||Tristan Ronda; Luis Urayoan; Motial; Alberto Prado|
|Occupation||writer, poet, critic, teacher|
|Genre||novels, plays, columns|
|Notable works||"La Llamarada"|
|Spouse||Luz V. Romero Garcia|
In 1924, he took courses on teaching in rural areas in the town of Aguadilla. The courses where taught by Carmen Gómez Tejera. After this he taught from 1925 to 1988, both at the elementary school and university levels.
Laguerre was known to use the pen-names of Tristán Ronda, Luis Urayoán, Motial and Alberto Prado, among others. Married for many years to the well-respected writer Luz V. Romero García, he also worked in many Puerto Rican publications before joining the staff of El Vocero.
In 1998, his peers as well as former governors Rafael Hernández Colón and Luis A. Ferré, advocated for Laguerre to be considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Despite their efforts, Laguerre was not awarded the prestigious award.
Laguerre was an emeritus member of the Center for Advanced Studies on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
Enrique Laguerre died on June 16, 2005, at the age of 99. His body was buried on the grounds of the Palacete Los Moreau, an old hacienda restored as a museum, in his native town of Moca.
Laguerre was one of the most prolific novelists of Puerto Rico. Following in the steps of Manuel Zeno Gandía, Laguerre's most influential work focused on the problems of the colonized society. His novel La Llamarada offers a compressive view of rural Puerto Rico during the Great Depression. Most of his novels are essential readings in Puerto Rican literature courses.
Literary Works - Novels
- La Llamarada (1935)
- Solar Montoya (1941)
- El 30 de Febrero (1942)
- La Resaca (1949)
- Los Dedos de la Mano (1950)
- La Ceiba en el Tiesto (1956)
- El Laberinto (1959)
- El Laberinto in English The Labyrinth(1960)
- Cauce sin Río: Diario de mi Generación (1962)
- El Fuego y su Aire (1970)
- Los Amos Benévolos (1976)
- Los Amos Benévolos in English The Benevolent Masters 1986
- Infiernos Privados (1986)
- Por Boca de Caracoles (1990)
- Los Gemelos (1992)
- Proa Libre Sobre Mar Gruesa (1995)
- Contrapunto de Soledades (1999)
Ensayos y Teatro
- La Resentida (1949)
- Antología de Cuentos Puertorriqueños (1954)
- Pulso de Puerto Rico (1956)
- Enrique Laguerre Habla Sobre Nuestras Bibliotecas (1959)
- Obras Completas (1962)
- La Responsabilidad de un Profesor Universitario (1963)
- El Jíbaro de Puerto Rico: Símbolo y Figura (1968)
- La Poesía Modernista en Puerto Rico (1969)
- Polos de la Cultura Iberoamericana (1977)
- List of famous Puerto Ricans
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- List of Puerto Rican writers
- Puerto Rican literature
- Rossello, Hernandez Colon, Ferre Urge Nobel Prize in Literature for Enrique Laguerre Associated Press. March 3, 1999.