Alfonso Rumazo González was an Ecuadorian writer, historian, essayist and literary critic. He was born in Latacunga, Ecuador in 1903 and died in Caracas, Venezuela in 2002. He authored over 30 books in various fields (poetry, fiction, biography, literary criticism). Among his notable works is the biography Manuela saenz, la libertadora del libertador (Quito, 1984), about Doña Manuela Sáenz de Vergara y Aizpuru (1797-1856) who was an Ecuadorian revolutionary heroine of South America who had an intimate relationship with Simon Bolivar around 1822–1830. Rumazo González was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1999.
Alfonso Rumazo González’ brother is the writer José Rumazo González who wrote the poem Parusía. Alfonso Rumazo González is the father of the novelist Lupe Rumazo and the grandfather of the poet Alexander Ritter Alzamora Rumazo.
Lupe Rumazo is interviewed about her father Alfonso Rumazo González
- Manuela Sáenz, la libertadora del Libertador
- Gobernantes del Ecuador (1932), read it for free here.
- O’Leary, edecán del Libertador
- Miranda, protolíder de la independencia americana
- Vibración azul (1930), read it for free here.
- Los Ideales
- Justicia, la mala palabra (Finalist of the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize).
- Siluetas líricas de poetas ecuatorianos (1932), read it for free here.
- Nuevas siluetas
- Literatura Ecuatoriana en el siglo XX
Awards and recognition
Alfonso Rumazo González was an Honorary Professor of the Simon Rodriguez Experimental National University. He was a member of the National Academy of History of Ecuador, corresponding member of the National Academy of History of Venezuela, a member of Ecuadorian Academy of Language, a corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy, and corresponding member of the Venezuelan Academy of Language. He was a member of UNESCO – Division of Human Rights (Specialist).
His awards include:
- Orden del Libertador, Gran Cordón, Venezuela
- Orden Francisco de Miranda, Venezuela (primera clase)
- Orden Andrés Bello, Venezuela (primera clase)
- Orden Antonio José de Sucre, Venezuela (primera clase)
- Orden José de San Martín, Argentina
- Orden Nacional Al Mérito, Ecuador
- Orden Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuela (primera clase)
- Orden Cecilio Acosta, Venezuela (primera clase)
- Orden 27 de noviembre de 1820, Venezuela (primera clase)