Ricardo Güiraldes (13 February, 1886 – 8 October, 1927) was a poet and a writer hailing from Argentina.
- Mr. Güiraldes was born in Buenos Aires but died in Paris, France.
- His parents were landowner aristocrats.
- Manuel Güiraldes, the author’s father, was intendente of Buenos Aires. Intendente is a mayor which is appointed by the government.
- The family moved to Paris, France for four years when Mr. Güiraldes was one year old. By the age six the author spoke Spanish, French and German.
- He considered French to be his first language.
- The author’s mother, Dolores Goñi, was from the family of Ruiz de Arellano, who founded the village of San Antonio de Areco in 1730. The family kept a home in San Antonio which is where the author was introduced to guachos who he were prominently featured in his most famous book Don Segundo Sombra (1926).
- Guachos are Argentinian ranch workers who are an important cultural symbols
- When his poetry book, El cencerro de cristal, didn’t sell Güiraldes threw the unsold copies into a well. His wife, Adelina del Carril, fished them out and now they are sought after collectibles.
- In 1924 Güiraldes founded the magazine Proa, with Brandán Caraffa, Jorge Luis Borges, and Pablo Rojas Paz.
- Ricardo Güiraldes is entombed in San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires.
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