Altamirano, Ignacio Manuel

Altamirano, Ignacio Manuel ?gnsy? mnw?l ltm?rn? [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 Jurez in the struggle against Maximilian. Afterward he was a key figure in the reconstruction of the republic. He edited the newspaper Correo de Mxico. As a poet Altamirano interpreted the Mexican landscape. He is best known for two novels?Clemencia and La Navidad en las montaas [christmas in the mountains], a story sketching Mexican customs.

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