Manuel José Othón

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Manuel José Othón
Portrait of Manuel José Othón in his youth.
Born (1858-06-14)14 June 1858
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Died 28 November 1906(1906-11-28) (aged 48)
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Ethnicity Mexican

Manuel José Othón (June 14, 1858 – November 28, 1906) was a poet, playwright, and Mexican politician. One of his most famous works is Idilio salvaje, considered one of the most representative poems of Mexico.[1]

Early life and studies[edit]

Othón was born in San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

During his life he worked for the following newspapers and magazines:

  • El Búcaro
  • El Pensamiento
  • La Esmeralda
  • La Voz de San Luis
  • El Correo de San Luis
  • El Estandarte and
  • El Contemporáneo.

Literary life[edit]

The remains of Manuela Rosé Othón at the Routnda of Illustrious People in Mexico City.

Othón began writing poem at the age of 13. At 21, he began to publish his works under the name of Poesías. Three years later he published another poetry book. He wrote his most well-known poem Idilio salvaje in 1906.

Death and legacy[edit]

Othón died in San Luis Potosí on November 28, 1906. His remains were moved to The Rotunda of Illustrious People of the Panteón de Doloresin Mexico City in 1964.[2] Some of his work was published after his death in 1906.


  1. ^ "Nuestros humanistas". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Rotonda de las personas ilustres". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 

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