José Alfredo de Llerena

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José Alfredo de Llerena
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died1977(1977-00-00) (aged 64–65)
Quito, Ecuador
Alma materInstituto Nacional Mejía
Known forknown for his poetry

José Alfredo de Llerena (Guayaquil, 1912—Quito, 1977)[1] was an Ecuadorian writer, characterised by his innovation and creativity within 20th century avant-garde Ecuadorian poetry.


Llerena completed his secondary studies at the Instituto Nacional Mejía[2]. In 1934, at 22 years old, he published his first book of poetry, Agonía y paisaje del caballo, a disconcerting and provocative work challenging the old rhetorical method by adopting a comprehensive irony. He was already part of one of the emblematic literary groups of the 20th century, the poets of Elan. Principally known for his poetry, Llerena also incorporated contemporary modernism into the development of short stories and essays. His narratives are characterised by their social orientation.



  • Agonía y paisaje del caballo (1934)
  • Madre naturaleza (1969)
  • Hebra del tiempo (1972)

Short Fiction

  • Segunda vida de una santa (1953)


  • Oleaje en la tierra (1955)


  • Aspectos de la fe artística (1938)
  • La pintura ecuatoriana del siglo XX (1942)


  1. Adoum, Jorge (1998). Poesía viva del Ecuador : siglo XX (1. ed.). Libresa. ISBN 9978804889.
  2. Hora, Diario La. "El Mejía: un Colegio tradicional - La Hora". La Hora Noticias de Ecuador, sus provincias y el mundo (in español).

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