Altamirano, Ignacio Manuel (ēgnäˈsyō mänwĕlˈ ältämēräˈnō) [key], 1834–93, Mexican novelist and poet. Altamirano came from a poor family of indigenous descent, and after gaining his formal education he joined Benito Juárez in the struggle against Maximilian. Afterward he was a key figure in the reconstruction of the republic. He edited the newspaper Correo de México. As a poet Altamirano interpreted the Mexican landscape. He is best known for two novels— Clemencia and La Navidad en las montañas [christmas in the mountains], a story sketching Mexican customs.
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