Enrique Laguerre

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Enrique Laguerre
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Born Enrique Arturo Laguerre Vélez
May 3, 1906
Moca, Puerto Rico
Died June 16, 2005(2005-06-16) (aged 99)
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Pen name Tristan Ronda; Luis Urayoan; Motial; Alberto Prado
Occupation writer, poet, critic, teacher
Nationality Puerto Rican
Genre novels, plays, columns
Notable works "La Llamarada"
Spouse Luz V. Romero Garcia

Enrique Arturo Laguerre Vélez (May 3, 1906 – June 16, 2005) was a teacher, novelist, playwright, critic, and newspaper columnist (for El Vocero) from Moca, Puerto Rico.


Laguerre studied at various universities, obtaining degrees in arts from the University of Puerto Rico and Columbia University.

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.[1] 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.


The Labadie Mansion inspired Enrique Laguerre to write La Llamarada. The property was restored as a museum and renamed the "Palacete Los Moreau", in honor of Laguerre’s fictional characters.

Literary Works - Novels

Ensayos y Teatro

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