Usigli, Rodolfo, 1905-1979

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Rodolfo Usigli was born in Mexico City in 1905, the son of immigrant parents. Forced to leave school to work after his father's death, Usigli was largely self-educated. In 1935 he received a Rockefeller scholarship to study drama direction and composition at Yale University. Returning to Mexico he taught drama at the university and worked for the Institute of Fine Arts, reviewed plays, translated poetry and drama from both English and French, and wrote his own plays, including his signature piece El Gesticulador (The Impostor). Unable to establish himself as a dramatist and encountering political opposition, Usigli entered the diplomatic corps and served for over two decades in France, Lebanon and Norway. Upon his return to Mexico in 1972, Usigli was honored with Mexico's highest literary award, the National Prize for Literature, and acknowledged as the founder of modern Mexican theater. He died in 1979. The "Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Teatral "Rodolfo Usigli," the most important center dedicated to the study of the dramatic arts in Mexico bears his name.

From the description of Rodolfo Usigli manuscript collection 1920-1979 (Alma Public Library). WorldCat record id: 263825955

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creatorOf Usigli, Rodolfo, 1905-. Rodolfo Usigli manuscript collection 1920-1979 Miami University Libraries, King Library
referencedIn Texas Christian University Dept. of Theatre papers concerning theatrical productions, 1951-1962. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Texas Christian University. Dept. of Theatre. Papers concerning theatrical productions, 1951-1962. Houghton Library
referencedIn Leal, Luis, 1907-2010. Luis Leal papers, 1946-1985. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Effie Georgine Kuhn papers regarding Usigli's Crown of shadows, 1947-1949 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Letters from Latin American authors, 1961-1978. Houghton Library
referencedIn Colonna, Fabio, 1527-1650. Manuscripts of writings, 16-- - 1981. Rutgers University
creatorOf Kuhn, Effie Georgine, 1891-1978. Effie Georgine Kuhn papers regarding Usigli's Crown of shadows, 1947-49. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Dyne, Michael. Studio one--"Another Caesar" / written for television by Michael Dyne ; from the play "The gesturer" by Rudolpho Usigli. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Papers of Robert Graves: Works by others: pamphlets, offprints and other materials, 1824 to 2006 St John's College, Oxford
referencedIn Rodlofo Usigli Archive: Papers, 1911-2005 Miami University
creatorOf Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. T. S. Eliot correspondence with the League of Dramatists [manuscript], 1945-1963. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Breton, André, 1896-1966. person
associatedWith Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. person
associatedWith Graves, Robert Ranke, 1895-1985 person
correspondedWith Kuhn, Effie Georgine, 1891-1978. person
associatedWith Layera, Ramon person
associatedWith Leal, Luis, 1907-2010. person
associatedWith Navas-Ruiz, Ricardo, recipient. person
associatedWith Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949. person
associatedWith Paz, Octavio, 1914-1998. person
associatedWith Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957. person
associatedWith Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. person
associatedWith Texas Christian University. Dept. of Theatre. corporateBody
correspondedWith Texas Christian University. Dept. of Theatre. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Mexican literature--20th century
Mexican drama--20th century
Authors, Mexican


Birth 1905-11-17

Death 1979-06-18



Romanian; Moldavian; Moldovan,


Spanish; Castilian,





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