Romulo Gallegos Freire was a Venezuelan novelist and politician. For a period of some nine months during 1948, he served as his country's president.
Romulo Gallegos was born in Caracas to Romulo Gallegos Osio and Rita Freire Guruceaga, into a family of humble origin. He began his work as a schoolteacher, writer, and journalist in 1903. His novel Dona Barbara was first published 1929, and it was because of the book's criticisms of the regime of Juan Vicente Gomez (an army general who had come to power in a 1908 coup d'etat) that he was forced to flee ...
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