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Enrique González Martínez

Enrique González Martínez was born in Guadalajara, in 1871.

He began his studies at Jalisco's Liceo de Varones (boys' high school), a building that is now Guadalajara's Regional Museum.

When he was 14 years-old, he received an award from the bilingual newspaper, The Sun of Guadalajara, for translating the poem "La Plegaria de Milton en su Ceguera" (On his blindness) to English. Years later, he continued his studies in medicine, graduating at the age of 22-years-old as a Médico Cirujano y Partero (general practitioner).

He moved with his family to Sinaloa where he married Luisa Rojas. He started working in some Mexico City magazines. After some time, he settled in Mocorito, Sinaloa, where he published three books from 1907 to 1911: El Parnasiano Lirismos, La Contemplación Silénter, and Los Senderos Ocultos.

He served in several political positions in this city. He was a political prefect in the districts of Mocorito and became the general secretary for Sinaloa's government.

In 1911, he joined as member of the Academia Mexicana de la Lengua (Language Mexican Academy) in Mexico City and founded Argos magazine. He was deputy secretary for Public Education and Fine Arts during Victoriano Huerta's government as well as general secretary for Puebla's government.

Without leaving poetry behind, he published other books such as La Palabra del Viento, El Romero Alucinado and Señales Furtivas.

In 1942, he was appointed as member of the Seminario de Cultura Mexicana (Mexican Cultural Seminar) and a year later he became one of the founders for the Colegio Nacional (National School).

He died in 1952; his remains are buried at the Rotonda de las Personas Ilustres (Honorable People's roundabout) at the Dolores cemetery in Mexico City.

Nowadays, the street that bears the name of Enrique González Martínez goes through traditional neighborhoods such as La Trinidad, Capuchinas, Templo del Siglo XVlll de Nuestra Señora del Pilar and Templo de Jesús María.

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