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Leopoldo Lugones Arguello (13 June 1874 - 18 February 1938) was an Argentine writer and journalist.
Born in Villa de Maria del Rio Seco, a city Cordoba Province, in Argentina's Catholic heartland, Lugones belonged to a family of landed gentry. He first worked for La Montana, a newspaper, and was in favour with the aristocratic Manuel Quintana, a candidate to become a president of Argentina. This brought him first to Buenos Aires, where his literary talent developed quickly.
Lugones was the leading Argentine exponent of the Latin American literary current known as Modernismo. This was a form of Parnassianism influenced by Symbolism. He was also the author of the incredibly dense and rich novel La Guerra Gaucha (1905). He was an impassioned journalist, polemicist and public speaker who at first was a Socialist, later a conservative/traditionalist and finally a supporter of Fascism and as such an inspiration for a group of rightist intellectuals such as Juan Carulla and Rodolfo Irazusta.
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