Journey in Central America
The newly attained fame allowed Dario to obtain the position of newspaper correspondent for La Nacion of Buenos Aires. A little after sending his first article to La Nacion, he set off on a trip back to Nicaragua. During a brief stop in Lima he met the writer Ricardo Palma. He arrived at the Port Corinto on March 7, 1889. In Leon he was received as a guest of honor.His stay in Nicaragua was brief, and he moved to San Salvador where he was named director of the periodical La Union. In San Salvador, he was married by law to Rafaela Contreras, daughter of a famous Honduran Orator, Alvaro Contreras, on June 21, 1890.
Dario decided to leave El Salvador despite job offers from the new president. He moved to Guatemala at the end of June. In December 1890 he wastasked with directing a newly created newspaper, El Correo de la Tarde. That same year the second edition of his successful book Azul, substantially expanded, and using Valera’s letters, which catapulted him to fame, as prologue, was published in Guatemala. In 1891, Dario chose to move to Costa Rica with all of his family, were he was barely able to support hi family, and it was there and in thatconditions that his first son, Ruben Dario Contreras was born on November 12,1891.
IN 1892, Dario left his family in Costa Rica and traveled to Guatemala and Nicaragua, in search for better economic prospects. Eventually, the Nicaraguan government sent him to Madrid as a delegate. He disembarked in Santander on August 14,19892, where he continued his journey to Spain via train. InNovember he returned to Nicaragua, where he received a telegram from San Salvador notifying him on his wife’s illness, who died on January 23, 1893.
At the onset of 1893, Ruben remained in Managua and renewed his affairs with Rosario Murillo, whose family forced to Dario to marry her. In April he traveled to Panama where he learned that a friend had given him a position of Honorific Consul in BuenoAires, so he left Rosario Murillo in Panama and undertook his journey to Argentina. Before going to Argentina he stopped briefly in New York where he met Jose Marti. Later, he had the opportunity to go to Paris and finally on August 13, 1893, he arrived at Buenos Aires.
Dario was well received by the intellectual media of Buenos Aires and he collaborated with several newspapers. Hisposition in Buenos Aires was merely honorific though, because as Dario himself said: There were very few Colombians in Buenos Aires.
ON may 3, 1895, his mother, Rosa Sarmiento, died. Although the poet barely knew his mother, her death considerably affected him. IN 1896, in Buenos Aires, Dario published two of his most crucial book: Los raros, and Prosas Profanas, the book that established the mostdefinite consecration of Spanish literary modernism.
Dario got the opportunity to go to Europe once again when he went to Spain as a correspondent of the newspaper La Nacion and he arrived in Barcelona on December 22, 189.
Between Paris and Spain
In Spain, Dario won the admiration of a group of young poets who defended Modernism (a literary movement that was not absolutely accepted by the mostestablished writers, especially those belonging to the Real Academia Espanola.)
In 1899, Ruben Dario, who was still legally married to Rosario Murillo, met Francisca Sanchez. Francisca was an illiterate peasant from Navalsauz in the province of Avila, she would become his companion through the last years of his life. IN the month of April of 1900, Dario visited Paris for a second time,commissioned by La Nacion to cover the Exposition Universelle that took place that year in the French capital. During the first years of the twentieth century, Dario lived in Paris and reached some stability. In 1901, he published, in Paris the second edition of Prosas Profanas. That same year Francisca had a daughter by the poet but the girl died of smallpox when she went to Paris.
In 1902 while in...
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