Miguel Ángel Granado Guarnizo

Miguel Ángel Granado Guarnizo, aka M.A. Granado Guarnizo (Guayaquil, 1895-1955) was an Ecuadorian modernist poet, playwright and literary critic. The majority of his poems were published between 1912-1916 in literary magazines such “Letras” and “El Telegrafo Literario”, which, along with M.E. Castillo y Castillo and J. A. Falconí Villagómez, he founded, directed and edited. His best known play is “El Hermano Cándido” (1919). As a literary critic, in 1920 he published an important critical essay on his friend Medardo Ángel Silva’s poetry book, “El árbol del bien y del mal.” A few critics have grouped him in the so-called “Decapitated Generation,” a group of Ecuadorian poets with premature, tragic endings. He stopped publishing his works in 1926, the year in which he was diagnosed with a mental illness, due to which he spent the rest of his life admitted to a psychiatric hospital. He was the brother of the poet Carlos F. Granado Guarnizo.

Family

His father was Tomás Rosendo Granado Castillo from Caliburo, El Oro, Ecuador and his mother was Ercilia Guarnizo Romano. His brother was the poet Carlos F. Granado Guarnizo.

El Telegrafo Literario

El Telegrafo Literario was a supplement of the newspaper El Telegrafo which ran between October 9, 1913 and January 22, 1914. The last issue featured a photograph of Wenceslao Pareja, a doctor and poet who had published his poems in the publication.

El Telegrafo Literario was founded, directed and edited by M.A. Granado Guarnizo, M.E. Castillo y Castillo and J. A. Falconí Villagómez during the four months of its existence. A young Medardo Ángel Silva submitted his poems to El Telegrafo Literario for publication, but the three editors believed the poems were too perfect in form for a fifteen year old to have written, and assumed they were actually plagiarisms of Heredia’s poems, so they declined to publish them, which is why one of Ecuador’s best poets of all time was never published in El Telegrafo Literario.

The cultural success of El Telegrafo Literario led the newspaper to create a new supplement called Los Jueves Literarios, which Medardo Ángel Silva ran from 1915 to 1919. Silva published a great deal of his poems, literary criticisms, prose and articles in the new supplement.

Works

  • En el bar (1913; poem; Letras magazine)
  • Las manos de Jesús (1914; prose; Letras magazine)
  • La flauta (1915; poem; Letras magazine)
  • En el umbral del tedio (1915; poem; Letras magazine)
  • El poeta Jacinto (1915; literary article; Letras magazine)
  • Lentamente, cierro los ojos… (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • El poema de tu belleza (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Mi visita a un filósofo (1913; prose; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Idealizando… (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Historia de una vida (1913; prose; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Versos paganos (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • La tristeza de la hora (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Sugestión (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Soneto de invierno (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Medallón (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Olvido… (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Nochebuena (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • El retorno (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • Crepusculo de oro (1913; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • La hora del sol (1914; poem; El Telegrafo Literario magazine)
  • El Hermano Cándido, cuento para la escena en I acto y VIII escenas (1919; play)
  • Poesía de Medardo Angel Silva (1966; prose; Medardo Angel Silva juzgado por sus contemporaneos, p. 26-56, Guayaquil Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Núcleo del Guayas)

Name variations

  • Miguel Ángel Granado Guarnizo
  • Miguel Ángel Granado y Guarnizo
  • M.A. Granado Guarnizo

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