Novelist, poet, journalist. Born 1834 in Tixtla, Mexico; died 1893 in San Remo, Italy. Considered a major contributor to the development of a nationalliterature in Mexico. Major novels include: Clemencia (1869), La navidad en las montañas (1870), and El zarco (1901).
Altamirano also received a law degree; served asrepresentative to the national congress; held the post of professor of the history of philosophy and eloquence in the law school in Mexico City; was elected to the Supreme Court; and foundedseveral newspapers, journals, and societies. He became Mexico's consul general to Spain in 1889 and to France in 1890.
Other positions held include: Professor at EscuelaNacional Preparatoria, Escuela de la Comercio, Escuela de Jurisprudencia, and Escuela Nacional para Maestros, Magistrate of the Suprema Corte de Justicia, Procurador General de laNación.
1834 born in Tixtla (present-day Guerrero) to Francisco Altamirano and Gertrudis Basilio
1834 baptized (from Library of Congress authority record)1849
1867 ended military service and devoted life to teaching, literature, and public service
1867 founded periodical, El Correo de Mexico, with IgnacioRamírez and Guillermo Prieto
1867 first novel, Julia, published
1869 Clemencia published
1869 founded literary review, El Renacimiento, with Gonzalo A. Esteva
1870director of Liceo Hidalgo
1870 La Navidad en las Montañas published
1871 participated with Manuel Payno in founding of El Federalista
1875 participated in founding of LaTribuna
1880 participated in founding of La Republica
1889 named Cónsul General de México en España
1893 died in San Remo, Italy
1901 first publication of El Zarco