Biography and History

Alvaro Yunque (1889-1982), short story writer, novelist, poet and dramatist, was born in La Plata, a city in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His real name is Arístedes Gandolfi Herrero; “Alvaro Yunque” is a pseudonym. Yunque moved to the city of Buenos Aires to study in the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas. After completing his studies, he first pursued a career as a math teacher and journalist. He worked for the magazine Nosotros and the newspapers Crítica, La Nación, and La Prensa. Yunque's first published book was Versos de la calle (1924), a book of poems. His short stories were first published in two collections, Barcos de papel and Ta-te-tí: Otros barcos de papel(Cuentos de niños), both published in 1926. The fiction of his later period is Muchachos pobres (1956) and Muchachos del sur (1957), and a novel, Tutearse con el peligro.

Yunque's fiction is chiefly concerned with poor children in urban settings. Yunque was a central figure in the literary group Grupo de Boedo (named after Boedo Street in Buenos Aires), a group which was committed to producing realist fiction with radical themes. This literary group coexisted, and is often contrasted with, the Florida literary group (named after Florida Street), a group which favored avant-garde writing with less political themes. Christopher T. Leland notes in his study of Argentine writers, The Last Happy Men (1986), that “Yunque, `The Forge' likely remains Boedo's best loved figure.” (p. 59) Yunque's literary reputation has also been established by his numerous theatrical pieces, which include, Miguel cantó (1936) and Somos hermanos (1936), and his literary studies, La literatura social en la Argentina (1941) and a large work, Historia de los argentinos (1968).

Source: From the finding aid for C0784


  • Novelists, Argentine -- 20th century..