“It’s only a week to go. LIVE 22; the great political, cultural and festive event that will take place next weekend at the MadCool Space in Valdebebas, in Madrid. The first day of the event will be dedicated to the History of Spain, where 52 Spanish historical figures, one from each province, will be the protagonists of the day. Huelva will have the illustrious figure of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Juan Ramón Jiménez,” according to Vox Huelva.
“The writer from Huelva is well-known throughout Huelva; his legacy culture is one of the hallmarks of our land, being Platero and me his most outstanding work. He also gives his name to the general hospital of the provincial capital.”
Juan Ramon Jimenez born in Moguer on December 23, 1881, into a family dedicated to the wine trade. He learned to read and write in his native town, to later complete his studies in Huelva and Puerto de Santamaría.
Seville would be his next destination, with the objective to start a career as a painter. In Seville, he frequented different spaces of great cultural effervescence, such as the Ateneo or La Biblioteca, and he also began to collaborate with local newspapers and magazines in which he began to publish his first literary texts, in prose and in verse, integrating a romantic and melancholic with the desire of social denunciation.
With the beginning of the 20th century, Juan Ramón moved to Madrid, attracted by the modernist atmosphere of the capital. There he publishes the first textbooks of his: Nymphs and Violet Souls. The death of his father and a family ruin plunged the writer from Huelva into a deep depression that led him to enter various sanatoriums.
In 1906 he returns to Moguer and he remained there until 1912, developing one of the most prolific phases in his literary production, in which he wrote his most notable work, Platero and mepublished in a reduced edition in 1914 and complete in 1917.
On his return to Madrid, he meets Zenobia Camprubí, a woman with whom he married in 1916 and who deeply marked his personal and literary life. Newly married and in full creative maturity, he begins to be seen as a teacher by many young poets. He then publishes works like eternities, stone and sky and countless anthologies.
The appearance of a new generation of writers gradually cracks the intellectual environment that he had lived in Madrid and this plunges him into new nervous depressions.
“With the arrival of the Civil war, Juan Ramón signs a manifesto in support of the republican government and works for the Minors’ Protection Board. But the unbreathable climate that surrounds Madrid causes him to leave Spain with his wife and embark on a journey through the United States, Puerto Rico and Cuba, where he works as a professor at the University of Maryland and, in his last years, at the University of Puerto Rico, at a time marked by Zenobia’s illnesses and her poor state of health”.
In 1956 he received the Prize laureate of literature, in homage to all his work, and three days later his wife died. Juan Ramón was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, dying of bronchopneumonia in May 1958. His nephew Francisco Hernández Pinzón obtained the repatriation of the couple’s bodies to Spain and they were buried in Moguer.
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Vox Huelva will have Juan Ramón Jiménez as a luxury guest at VIVA 22