|Born||Jorge Mateo Cuesta Porte-Petit
September 23, 1903
|Died||August 13, 1942
(aged 38) (suicide)|
|Occupation||chemist, writer, editor|
|Alma mater||Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México|
Cuesta visited school in his hometown, before he did his studies at the Faculty of Chemistry of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) until 1925. In 1924 he published his first short story in a magazine. When he finished his studies, he moved back to Córdoba for a short time. In 1927, back in Mexico City, he met his later wife Guadalupe Marín, who was married to Diego Rivera at that time. In 1928 he travelled to Europe, where he met Octavio G. Barreda, Carlos Luquín, André Breton, Carlos Pellicer, Samuel Ramos and Agustín Lazo. Back in Mexico, he married Guadalupe Marín in 1930, and was co-founder of the Los Contemporáneos group. Cuesta, who worked for several magazines, founded his own magazine in 1932, named Examen.
Following a fit of madness that included an act of self-castration, Cuesta was hospitalized and would later hang himself using the bedsheets from the sanitarium where he was interred. He is buried in the Panteon Civil de Dólores, Mexico City.
Selected works / publications
- Canto a un Dios Mineral
- A Pesar del Oscuro Silencio
- La Calle del Amor
- Poeta, Funde tu Campana
- El plan contra Calles, 1934
- Poesía de Jorge Cuesta, 1942
- Crítica de la reforma del Artículo Tercero, (1943
- Poetas Poemas - Jorge Cuesta (Spanish),
- Jeremy Portland review of In Spite of the Dark Silence by Jorge Volpi in Goodreads
- Jorge Cuesta, www.findagrave.com.
- Jorge Cuesta in the Ibero-American Institute (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) catalogue, Berlin