Claudia Lars, born in Armenia, El Salvador on December 20, 1899. Her full name was Margarita del Carmen Brannon Vega. She died in San Salvador in 1974. Her parents were Irish Peter Patrick Brannon and Salvadoran Carmen Vega Zelayandía. During her early years, she was a friend of Consuelo Suncín, the future wife of Antoine de Saint-Exupéy-was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. Claudia Lars started her education at home, and later studied at the Colegio La Asunción de Santa Ana as a teenager. Thanks to General Juan José Cañas, got a booklet of poems written by him was published under the name “Tristes mirajes”
In 1919, Claudia started a relationship with Nicaraguan poet Salomón de la Selva, but her parents ended the relationship, by sending Claudia to the United States. In the United States Claudia met her first husband: Leroy F. Beers Kuehn. Claudia worked as a Spanish Teacher at the famous Berlitz School in Brooklyn. Claudia returned to El Salvador with her husband in 1927, after Leroy was appointed United States consul, the same year she gave birth to her only son Roy Beers Brannon.
Claudia became friends with other poets and writers in El Salvador, among those were Salarrué, Alberto Guerra Trigueros, Serafin Quiteño and Alberto Masferrer. In 1933 she began using the pseudonym Claudia Lars. In 1934 her first book was published: "Stars in the Well" Claudia was appointed as cultural attaché to the Embassy of El Salvador in Guatemala. She went to Guatemala in 1948, where she met her second husband Carlos Samayoa Chinchilla, who was divorced in 1967. However, before getting married, she endured a hectic life in which she worked packing peaches in the... [continua]
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