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Paul Groussac

Paul-Francois Groussac was a French-born Argentine writer, literary critic, historian, and librarian. He was born in Toulouse to Catherine Deval and Pierre Groussac, the scion of an old Languedocian family.

As a young man, Groussac studied classics in his native Toulouse. He was admitted to the Ecole Navale in 1865, but chose not to pursue a naval career. The next year he moved to Buenos Aires, which would remain his home for the rest of his life. Over the next seventeen years, he worked as a professor, directed the Escuela Normal de Tucuman, and served as inspector general of the national colleges. In 1883 he made a trip to France. After his return, in 1885, he was designated inspector of education and head of the Biblioteca Nacional. He would hold this position until his death forty-four years later.

His most notable works are La Biblioteca (1896) and Anales de la Biblioteca (1900), which were anthologies of critical essays, historical accounts of the library, and documents pertaining to the history of the Rio de la Plata region. As director of the literary journal SudAmerica, Groussac became a central figure in the Argentine literary world. His works, including Studies of Argentine History, Historical Essay on Tucuman, and Mendoza and Garay, are characterized by their factual richness, vivid depiction of characters and their environment, and their lucid and consciensious style. Groussac's other main works include Forbidden Fruit, Argentine Tales, The Divisa Punzo, and Literary Criticism and the Falkland Islands.

Related websites

Bruno, Paula, "Paul Groussac en la cultura", en Criterio, N 2321 - Noviembre 2006 - Ano 79

Bruno, Paula, Paul Groussac. Un articulador cultural en el pasaje del siglo XIX al XX argentino, en Araucaria. Revista Iberoamericana de Filosofia, Politica y Humanidades, Universidad de Sevilla, a. 8 num. 15, primer semestre de 2006, pp. 176-186

Demarchi, Rogelio, "Estratega o piola? Un atractivo ensayo sobre el siempre atractivo Groussac"

"Groussac en Letras Libres"

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